How to Delete Multiple Photos on a MacBook? (2023)

For many MacBook users, photos can quickly take up a significant amount of storage space, especially with the ever-increasing quality of images today. Whether you’ve imported photos from an iPhone, digital camera, or the internet, there might come a time when you’ll want to declutter and delete multiple photos at once. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of deleting multiple photos from the Photos app and Finder on your MacBook.

Deleting Multiple Photos in the Photos App:

  1. Launch Photos App: Click on the Photos icon in your Dock, or you can find it in the Applications folder.
  2. Select Photos: Navigate to the photos you want to delete. To select multiple photos at once:
    • Hold down the Command (⌘) key and click on each photo you want to delete.
    • If you want to select a range of photos, click on the first photo, then hold down the Shift key and click on the last photo in the range.
  3. Delete: Once you’ve selected all the photos you want to remove:
    • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
    • Or right-click on one of the selected photos and choose Delete Photos from the drop-down menu.
  4. Empty Recently Deleted Album: The photos you’ve just deleted are not removed instantly. They are moved to the “Recently Deleted” album. To permanently delete them:
    • On the left sidebar, select Recently Deleted.
    • Click Delete All in the upper right corner to remove all photos or select individual photos and click Delete.
  5. Remember to Empty the Mac’s Trash: After deleting from the Photos app, it’s a good practice to empty your Trash to free up storage space. Right-click on the Trash icon in the Dock and select Empty Trash.

Deleting Multiple Photos in Finder:

If you have pictures stored outside the Photos app, such as in the Downloads or Documents folder, you can easily delete them from Finder.

  1. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.
  2. Navigate to the Folder: Go to the folder containing the photos you wish to delete.
  3. Select Multiple Photos:
    • Hold down the Command (⌘) key and click on each photo.
    • Or to select a continuous group of photos, click the first photo, hold down the Shift key, and click the last photo.
  4. Delete:
    • Drag the selected photos to the Trash icon in the Dock.
    • Or press the Command (⌘) key + Delete together on your keyboard.
  5. Empty the Trash: Right-click on the Trash icon in the Dock and choose Empty Trash.

In Conclusion:

While deleting multiple photos on a MacBook is a straightforward process, always ensure you have backups of essential images before removing them. Consider using iCloud or external storage solutions to preserve your memories while freeing up space on your device.

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