Step 1: Download and Install it
Install and launch PassFab Duplicate File Deleter to your Windows-based computer. And you will see the main interface as follow.
Step 2:Add Scanning Folders
Click to add the folders you want to deduplicate. And you will see the folders you have added are on the left side of the interface.
Step 3: Set Scanning Mode
Before scanning the files, you can click the or the at the bottom to set the scanning mode. It divides into 3 modules: General, Ignore Scan and Duplicate files. Each module contains several settings. Here is a detailed guide on how to set the scanning mode. You can choose the mode about your circumstance.
Setting 1: General
- File size Radio Button): Screen out the duplicate files according to the size.
- Remove (Radio Button): Move the duplicate files to the recycle bin or delete the duplicate files directly.
Setting 2: Ignore Scan
- Hidden Files : It is a folder or file which filesystem utilities do not display by default when showing a directory listing.
- System Files :It refers to
- (1)The Windows folder under the partition where the System Disk is located;
- (2)Program Files, Program Files (X86) folders at all levels under all partitions;
- (3)Format includes: a;so;h;pch;c;hpp;h++;cpp;c++;m;swift;java;class;idea;py;rb;php;css;js;json;lib;dylib;dll;ocx;pth; db;rpl;hds;framework;build;plistinfo;def;properties;proofingtool;bup;ar;tmp;hg;vsd;xsd;xslt;xsl;lproj; entitlements;xcconfig;sparsebundle;dsym;cer;crt;
- Zero-byte Files:It is a computer file containing no data. It has a length or size of zero bytes.
- Exclude path:Can customizably add folders or entire partitions that don’t need to be scanned.
Setting 3: Duplicates files
As for the module of the duplicate files, it supports all kinds of files, you can set the scanning way is according to [Content] or [File Name]. Also, you can set the specific file types that you want to deduplicate in the box.
Step 4: Delete Duplicate Files
After selecting the scanning mode you can click the bottom [scanning duplicate] and start scanning. Wait for a while until the scanning process is finished. And if you want to stop the process, you can click [Stop scanning] in the bottom right corner.
After a minute, you can see the duplicate files are presented on the left side. Here are several tricks that can help you select the files you want to delete.
- Click the in each line, you can see the specific duplicate files;
- Click the to preview and compare the files;
- Click the to change into the view mode;
- It’s easy to switch between [quantity] and [size] to check the total volume or size of the files;
After choosing the files you want to delete, click [Remove]. And there will be a warning for you to make sure if you want to delete the files or not. If you want to delete them, click [Yes].
Wait for a while and the chosen duplicate files will be deleted successfully. Click [OK] and you can go on deduplicating or log out of the software.
Step 4(2): Scan Similar Images
After selecting the scanning mode you can click the bottom [Scan Similar Images] and start scanning. Wait for a while until the scanning process is finished. And if you want to stop the process, you can click [Stop scanning] in the bottom right corner.
After a minute, you can see the similar images are presented on the right side. Here are several tricks that can help you select the images you want to delete.
- In the left toolbar, you will see the group of similar images which can be sort out according to [Size] or [Quantity];
- Click the group number to go to the specific place of the pictures;
- On the right side, you can slide the mouse to view all the similar pictures, one-click the picture to select it, double-click to open it, hover the mouse over the picture to view the path information or zoom in on it.
- In the top right corner, you can click the to change into the List Mode in which you can see the name, Document size, last modification date, File path and pixel dimensions.
Then click [Remove] and you can delete similar images successfully.