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How to get Rid of Duplicate Files

What do you do if you save your document in one directory, and then save it again in another directory, or if you do this several times; all accidently of course. How do you keep get rid of the old ones so that you won’t be confused later on in the future?

Well the first thing you should do is search all of the possible duplicates. Do this by clicking on the Windows logo at the bottom left of your screen, (older versions might have it someplace else, but all versions of Windows have a hard drive search feature.) Type in the exact name of your file, and then press Enter. Windows will give you a list of all the files that you have that have the exact same name as the file that you looking for. But don’t just highlight them all and then start deleting. It could be that you have some older files with the same name but that were about something else, and that you want to keep. Instead, double-click on each file to open it in the application that it was created in; for the most part, they will be in Word. Then, once you’re sure you know which ones are which, go back and see which one it is that you want to keep, because you don’t want to accidently the wrong one. Then, it’s a simple matter of deleting the ones you don’t want or need.

And if you do happen to accidently delete the one you want, remember you can always retrieve it from your Trashcan folder. To do that, just click on your Trashcan Icon, then double click on the file you want to save, then open it, and the click Save As in your application and then save it in a different folder and you’ll be right back where you started.

Another way to delete duplicate files on your hard drive is by writing a script using QuickBasic or another Windows programming language. Using that you can write a little script that will search your hard drive for files with duplicate names in general, display those files and then ask you if you want to delete them one by one. This is a great way to get rid of a lot of those old duplicates, but unfortunately it would take an investment of your time to learn to program in QuickBasic or whichever script language you want to use.

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