1.    06 Aug 2017 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2016
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    Removing duplicate photos with (2) after photo title


    I really didn’t know which forum to put this in, so being as this has never happened before; I decided to try the 10 forum 1st.
    All of my pictures have suddenly developed a copy with (2) after title. How can I delete all of the copies in one sweep rather than one by one which would take a lot of time? Is there a command that would delete all of the duplicate copies with the (2) in the title?
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  2.    06 Aug 2017 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2017
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    Windows 10 Home

    Hello.
    Sorry for my bad english.
    Can you tell us a little more about the problem?
    How the problem began?
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  3.    06 Aug 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Hi, try typing *(2). in file explorer's search field (+ 'enter' or 'return').

    That should list all such files- CTRL A, delete.

    You could do this from a command prompt open at that folder:
    DEL *(2).jpg
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  4.    07 Aug 2017 #4
    Join Date : Mar 2016
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    Window 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks dalchina; the *(2)* delete, did the trick. As you may have ascertained I'm not a computer guru!
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  5.    07 Aug 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Good - * ( for any character string) and . (for single characters) is a standard that's been around from pre-Windows days (MS-DOS e.g.)
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  6.    07 Aug 2017 #6
    Join Date : Jan 2017
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    The suggested methods do work really well, BUT make sure you are not deleting files also that has the (2) in it's name, but does not have any duplicate(original) file.

    Best would be to know some simple programming and write a small script that finds the duplicates for you and then removes those duplicates and finally renames files with bad names to not contain the (2)...(n).

    Glad that this solution helped you though.
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  7.    22 Aug 2017 #7
    Join Date : Mar 2016
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    Thread Starter

    I'm back with a similar problem; the above trick worked, I thought. so here is my issue now.
    For some strange reason when I go to my pictures folder to look for a picture I get a copy (2) for all in that folder. When I go to the search bar & enter (2), all the pictures with picture title & (2) I delete; but when I reboot my computer all the pictures are back with the replicated name & the (2). Adding a screen:Click image for larger version. 

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    Any idea’s as to why? Could it possibly be to an update as my windows 10 is set for auto-update?
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