Duplicate File Finder – Auto Select

How to Use the Auto Select Feature?

We found that many users of Duplicate File Finder took an interest in our Auto Select feature and we received many emails about it. In this post, we will clarify how the feature works and how to use it properly.

As you could see we have two Auto Select buttons on a file type tab that should be explained in details:

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While the button placed under the directories section is responsible for auto selection among all duplicates on a left list, the Auto Select button placed above this section is responsible for a specified duplicate group only.

How Does Auto Select Work?

The application checks if scanned duplicates are still alive (as you could delete them after the scan, e.g. from Finder);
Duplicate files then are checked with Never Select and Always Select lists. If they are presented there, the app dos skip or select files respectively.
Duplicate File Finder selects files that have following names like: “Copy of filename”, “Filename – 2” or “Filename (2)”. If the files have identical names the app goes up and checks folders by the same scenario.
Note, the app always keeps one original file. You can navigate to duplicates group and click arrow right to Auto Select button highlighted red. And choose one of the options:

  • Select Newest (or use the Shift+Command+E command)
  • Select Oldest (or use the Shift+Command+L command)

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This button repeats 2 first steps and then selects files by date or in the order they were scanned by the app.

Our Recommendation on How to Use Auto Select with Maximum Efficiency:

  • Select files by general Auto Select and remove them;
  • Auto Select Newest and remove them also.

Note: You can use the Auto Select option for the whole group, but all selected files by general Auto Select will be checked again.

How to select the folder where you want to delete or keep the duplicates?

The Autoselect feature allows you to choose automatically in which folder the duplicates should be selected and in which one they should be kept unselected. Here is how to set these folders:

Go to PreferencesAuto Select tab.

Add folders from which you want to remove duplicates to the “Always Select” list.

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Add folders to the “Never Select” list so that to specify a priority folder and to not delete files in it.
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After the next scan, when you use the Autoselect button, the duplicate files will be selected in specified folders.