I'm doing my annual LR catalog cleaning and have come across hundreds upon hundreds (maybe thousands!) of Virtual Copies next to the originals as well as many hundreds/thousands of them in the catalog "Updated Photos."
To the best of my memory and knowledge, I never manually made these Virtual Copies and have never exported images with stacking instructions or any other kind of instructions that would generate a Virtual Copy. But I guess I did SOMETHING. Anybody have a clue? I'm spending inordinate amounts of time deleting these copies. Some of the copies have processing settings. Most don't. ???????
Go to All Photographs, reveal the Library Filter (CtrlF or Cmd F) and then filter the catalogue to VCs. You can then delete them more quickly.
How can they appear? Not by themselves! You might have created them when you created a new collection and chose the VC option. Alternatively, you might have used a keyboard shortcut. Or are they soft proof copies? See the copy name field - it'll be a paper profile name if this is how they were made.
Thanks very much. Helpful beyond helpful. Have a great day.