Deleting multiple pictures

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by colder, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. colder

    colder Guest

    When I try to delete multiple pictures,by using CTRL key and highlighting
    the pictures I want deleted.
    I do not want to Select All.
    If I try doing this with more than about 4 of them at a time,my computer
    makes a,"Copy," of each one I highlighted at the end of the list.
    colder, Aug 24, 2006
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    dadiOH Guest

    It sounds like you are moving the mouse; i.e., dragging the
    selected...that would do what you describe.



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    joevan Guest

    When holding the control key down, are you clicking the mouse once for each
    picture and not moving it until you want to select another. Maybe your
    mouse is set incorrectly. Could it be too sensitive.
    joevan, Aug 24, 2006
  4. colder

    colder Guest

    I don't think my mouse is set too sensitive?I've always used it this way.
    Only have this problem with the above scenario.
    I've had this problem forever,but finally thought i'd ask.
    Oh,I use Windows XP.
    colder, Aug 24, 2006
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    joevan Guest

    Does it happen with a different mouse. Have you tried another one?
    joevan, Aug 24, 2006
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    colder Guest

    I'll try slowing down next time,and see if that works.
    I move over 100 or so shots at times.(Security camera Pix.)
    Hate to slow down. :--)
    Thanks,I'll try it.
    colder, Aug 24, 2006
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    colder Guest

    No,don't have another.
    Another person also mentioned I might be getting in a hurry and moving the
    mouse a bit while clicking it.
    I'll try going slower,and make sure I hold the mouse still.
    colder, Aug 24, 2006
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    PeeCee Guest


    Your problems are almost certainly a mouse click/coordination problem.
    I see it quite often when I teach people the 'Shift/Ctl' click options.

    The one that catches me is the Ctrl A to select all, Del to delete all,
    Enter to confirm key sequence when clearing cache folders.
    My mind and fingers are so used to that combination that quite frequently
    the computer will miss the 'Del' key and try and open all the selected files
    (ie it sees Ctrl A then Enter)

    As others have suggested 'slow down'

    Sigh, so much to do, so little time.

    PeeCee, Aug 24, 2006
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    colder Guest

    colder, Aug 24, 2006
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    thanatoid Guest

    The mouse makes a lot of things easier, but even more things
    harder and slower. There are admittedly some things a mouse is
    essential for, but less than you would think.

    Instead of using the mouse with your task, you should be using
    the up and down arrow and spacebar keys.

    Hold down Ctl and hit up or down until you get to the file you
    want to highlight (for copying, moving, deletion, or whatever).
    When you do, hit the spacebar, the file will be highlighted.
    Keep on doing this. If it's ALL the files in the directory, just
    hit Ctl-A, or if it's ALMOST all, hit Ctl-A and then de-select
    the ones you don't want using the same method.

    Once you've highlighted all the files, use the appropriate
    shortcut to do what you want to do with them. If all you want to
    do is delete, just hit the Delete key. Done. (Clean out your
    Recycle Bin once in a while.)

    (Admittedly, depending on WHAT you want to do, this CAN be a
    little tricky depending on the features of your particular
    application. Windows Explorer, for instance, appears to have
    been designed to drive people crazy more than anything else.
    There are hundreds of superior alternatives for managing your
    files, many free.)

    When you get good at this you'll find out an additional thing
    you can do using the Shift key along with the others I
    mentioned, but I'll let you discover this one on your own.

    95% of things people laboriously move the mouse a few hundredths
    of an inch to achieve can be done without errors and almost
    instantly using a combination of quickly-learned keyboard
    shortcut combinations.

    For instance, an astounding amount of people do not know that by
    holding down Ctl and using the left and right arrows you jump by
    word not by letter. Get where you want, and then holding Shift
    and Ctl down, hit the left (or right) arrow and you will
    highlight the word(s) you want to change. Why waste 10 (or more)
    seconds trying to highlight it (them) with the stupid mouse? And
    you can highlight any single word just by double clicking, and
    in some applications, an entire line or a paragraph with three

    Not to mention most mice need a cleaning every few weeks.
    Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's a half-hour job.
    thanatoid, Aug 25, 2006
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    sittingduck Guest

    Learn to control your mouse. If you don't click on a file, windows thinks you
    are dragging and copying the files.
    Try selecting ranges by incorporating the shift key.
    sittingduck, Aug 25, 2006
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    richard Guest

    I had this same problem with ME or was it SE? I don't recall how I resolved
    it. But one thing I did was to cut and paste the pics I wanted to delete
    into another folder, then delete the folder.
    It has nothing to do with the mouse. It was an issue with ME itself and
    perhaps only certain versions.
    In XP, that problem does not happen.
    richard, Aug 26, 2006
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    richard Guest

    It was not a mouse issue as I had the same problem. And I was using the
    control keys.
    I believe it was an issue in certain issues of SE. Once I upgraded to ME,
    the problem had been resolved.
    richard, Aug 26, 2006
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    richard Guest

    Wrong. One version of SE had this issue, which I had. It seems that if you
    deleted one image, you got a renamed duplicate. Using mouse or keys.
    richard, Aug 26, 2006
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    sittingduck Guest

    Not wrong. Maybe not the cause of your problem, but not wrong.
    sittingduck, Aug 26, 2006
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    skev, Jan 22, 2013
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