How to Make an iPhoto Search for Pictures on the Computer

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Apple's iPhoto can import pictures from digital cameras, CD's, DVD's, USB flash drives and from the hard drive of your Mac computer. When you direct iPhoto to import from your hard drive, it will scan for all image files on your computer. Pictures are only visible in iPhoto if they have been imported. When iPhoto imports pictures, it creates a copy of each picture and places it in the iPhoto's folder. If you have limited space on your hard drive, you can delete the original file without affecting the pictures used by iPhoto.

  • Open iPhoto on your Mac.

  • Click on the "File" menu, then click on "Import to Library..." A pop-up menu will appear, showing the folders on your computer.

  • Select your your computer's hard drive from the left pane.

  • Click on the "Import" button. Wait for iPhoto to scan your computer for all pictures. The pictures will be displayed in iPhoto after they have been imported.

  • Delete any pictures you do not want in iPhoto by clicking on them with your mouse and then pressing the "delete" key. To select multiple pictures, hold down the "command" key while clicking on individual pictures, then delete them by pressing the "delete" key.

  • Click on the "Trash" icon on the left of the iPhoto window to review deleted photos. Then click on the "iPhoto" application menu, then click on "Empty Trash." This will permanently delete the pictures from iPhoto without affecting the original files.

Tips & Warnings

  • The iPhoto trash is separate from the main trash in your Mac's dashboard. Emptying the main trash will not affect iPhoto's trash. If you do not empty the iPhoto trash, pictures will be kept on the hard drive.

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