Finding (deleting if needed) duplicate photos using Finder

duplicatesWas backing up my files and got duplicates. I don’t know where they come from or when they get duplicated, but they’re ALWAYS there.


I was deleting them one by one and noticed that the scrolling bar on the right had barely moved down.  Tried Googling a more efficient solution.

So I found a website that said to use asterisk in search in Finder to find duplicates, but it didn’t help. Some said to use third party apps, but I was sure there must be something built in to the OS itself.

Found this online

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and decided to experiment:

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So, just


wasn’t complete enough to single out just the duplicates. Some of my only photos filtered through somehow:Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 1.11.53 PM

This solved that problem:


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Adding a dot for extra measure

” (2).”

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There’s also a space before the



” (2)”

^ This worked for ” (3)” and ” (1)” and should probably work for just about anything.

I feel accomplished today.


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