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PowerPhotos Help


To access PowerPhotos’ settings, click on the “PowerPhotos” menu and select “Settings”. There you will find the following settings:


  • Use small icons in library list: if you have a large number of libraries in your library list and would like to be able to see more of them at a time, checking this box will reduce the size of each row in the list, allowing more libraries to fit vertically in the list.
  • Warn when removing a library: by default, you will be given a warning message when attempting to remove a library, confirming that you really want to remove it. You can uncheck this option if you would not like this warning to appear.
  • Automatically check for updates: checking this box will make PowerPhotos check on the internet for new versions at regular intervals. You can also check for updates manually using the “Check For Updates” menu item.
  • Reopen library windows that were open at last quit: if you open one or more libraries in separate windows, having this option checked will automatically reopen any library windows that were open the last time PowerPhotos quit.

Photo Copying

  • Show preview before copying: when enabled, you will be shown a preview of what your library will look like after the copy takes place, and which duplicate photos will be skipped.
  • Don’t copy duplicate photos: if this box is checked when you copy photos from one library to another, any photos that are duplicates of ones already in the destination library will be skipped. Otherwise, all photos will be imported, even if the destination library already contains copies of them.
  • Duplicate comparison options: read more about these options in the “How to compare photos” section of the Starting the duplicate finding process section of the manual.
  • Copy metadata: specifies which attributes on your photos you want to be preserved when copying between libraries
  • Copy Live Photo videos: when enabled, both the photo and video components of Live Photos will be preserved when copying or merging libraries, otherwise only the photo will be copied. If you are not concerned with retaining the video portion of your Live Photos, disabling this can speed up copying times (especially across a network) and help use less disk space.
  • Bursts: if you copy a burst mode photo between libraries, you can choose to have PowerPhotos either copy all the photos from the burst, or just copy the key photo that is displayed for the burst, leaving the rest of the burst photos behind.
  • Edits: determines what to copy when copying a photo/video that has been edited in Photos
  • Copy unedited original: only the unedited original version of each photo will be copied. Edits that have been made to the photos will not be preserved copied to the destination librayr.
  • Copy edited version: if the photo has been edited, then the resulting JPG/HEIC copy of the photo will be copied to the destination library, but the original verison of the photo will not be included. This can be one way to save disk space if you don’t care about keeping the original versions of photos that you’ve performed edits on. Originals will still be copied for photos and videos that have not beed edited.
  • Copy both: this will copy both the original and edited version of each photo, while keeping reversible photo edits intact. This settings preserves the most information and is the default.
  • Incomplete items: if some of the photo/videos being copied are incomplete, you can choose whether you want PowerPhotos to import the parts of the item that are present, or just skip it entirely.
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