In Part 1 of this article, I showed you how to download and install Duplicate Cleaner, a free program that helps you remove duplicate files from your computer. If you haven’t checked out those instructions yet, click here to read the tip.
When you open the program, you can set up your search criteria for duplicate folders.
In Regular Mode, you can search for files with the same content and also add additional filters such as same or similar name or create date.
If you upgrade to the pro version, in the Image mode, you can look for images not only with the same name and create date, but also sort by aspect ratio or if they’ve been altered.
Under Audio mode, you can filter by Artist and Album as well as file name.
More search options are available, such as excluding zero size files and skipping system files.
You can also set up additional search filters by name, size or dates.
Select the locations where you want to search for files by clicking the Scan Location tab.
Then select the location you want to scan.
Then select the folders you’d like scanned.
When you have your search filters and location selected, just click the magnifying glass at the top of the page to scan now.
You’ll be notified when the scan is finished.
You’ll see a list of duplicate files.
For image files, you can click Image Preview
Then you’ll be able to what the actual images look like.
To mark a suspected duplicate file for deletion or a name change, just put a check beside it.
Then click the File Removal icon.
You’ll then have options to delete, rename or move duplicate files to other locations.
This tip should be enough to get you started, but the great thing about Duplicate Cleaner is that they have a full manual available online as well as video tutorials. You can check it out by clicking here.