i have about 18,000 pictures scattered between my C drive, D drive and an external hard drive. in numerous attempts to back them up, i have accidentally made copies of many of them. 3 or 4 copies in some cases. can i use elements 7 as a filter to run all these pictures through and have just one copy on an external hard drive? how do i do it? if i can't, does anyone have any suggestions?
There is no direct way to do this (search for duplicates and keep only one copy) but there is a workaround. Select some images (if it works fine for you, later you can select all images) and click on 'Find->By visual searches->Duplicate photos'. After a while, a diloag will show showing duplicate images in tracks. Now comes the manuall work, select the duplicate images from various tracks (one by one) and click on 'Remove from catalog' button located near bottom left of the dialog.