iPhoto copying photos when importing

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by clasicks, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. clasicks macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2006
    Okay, first week with my new macbook, PERFECT!

    So i have all my photos organized into one folder, "My Pictures". In side i have them in there own folders, organized and clean.

    When i go to import them into iPhoto, it duplicates all of them into its own folder, not what i want. How do i make iPhoto not duplicate the photos, i only need them in one place. Can't it just reference them in the My Pictures folder?

  2. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Yes, easily. Select iPhoto->preference->Advanced. Uncheck the box labled "copy files to iPhoto Library folder".

    You may want to delete what you have in iPhoto first before reimporting so that you don't have duplicates.
  3. clasicks thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2006

    Doing this still leaves an "Alias" for every photo inthe iPhoto folder, can i delete these or are they required for iPhoto.

    thanks for the help!
  4. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Don't touch the aliases.

    They don't take up too much space anyways.
  5. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

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