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Moving photos out of the iPhoto trash

In some cases, you might end up moving a number of photos to the trash in iPhoto (e.g. when using the Find Duplicates command), but then decide you don't want to delete the photos after all. Fortunately, it's not difficult to return photos from the iPhoto trash to the main section of the library. To do so:

  1. Open the library in iPhoto and select the "Trash" album in the album list on the left hand side of the window. This should display all the photos that are currently in the trash.
  2. Press command-a to select all the photos.
  3. Go up to the Photos menu and select "Put Back". This will move the photos out of the trash so they once again appear in the library. The photos will also be returned to any albums they belonged to when they were moved to the trash.

Note that the "Put Back" command is mapped to the command-delete keyboard shortcut. One might think that selecting photos in the trash and pressing command-delete would delete them permanently, but it actually just moves the back into the library. The "Empty Trash" command is the only way to delete the photos permanently, and it will always delete all the photos that are in the trash - there is no way to delete just a subset of the photos that are in the trash.

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