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what happens to original if delete smart preview?


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Feb 24, 2013
Cape Town, South Africa
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  1. macOS 10.14 Mojave
I want to clean up my pictures, delete bad pics, out of focus, shaken or simply got better ones. I do this mainly at work (My own boss ((-: !) I do not want to take my external drive with every time. Do I go thru my pics and mark what I don't like anymore with a x, and than delete
Is there a way that the originals are deleted as soon as I plug the external drive back in?
Jan 6, 2018
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The best way is to mark ("X") the photos as "rejected", then once back home, connect the ED, open LR, select all photos and select the menu Photo>Delete rejected photos to permanently delete them.
You can also add a filter to not display the rejected photos. That way, as soon as you press "X" on a photo to set the flag, the photo will disappear from the display as if it was deleted.