by Julieanne Kost

 Comments (6)


February 24, 2012

When importing files, if you check the box “Don’t import suspected duplicates” , Lightroom searches the entire catalog (regardless of path). The comparison logic includes items such as name, file size, and time stamp (+/- 1 minute).


  • By Stefanie Herzer - 12:25 PM on February 24, 2012  

    Is there a way to look for duplicates later?

    Thank you Julieanne for your wonderful blog, btw.

    Love & Light

    • By Julieanne Kost - 3:27 PM on February 24, 2012  

      Not that I know of. I suppose you could use the Filters to look for images that were shot on the same day or something similar…

  • By keith - 11:58 PM on July 5, 2012  

    It is really quite frustrating to be told that there is a duplicate, but to be completely unable to find that file. These photos are important to me. Of course I don’t want duplications, but why does it force me to crawl one by one through 100,000 photos to find one that I am looking for? Prove to me that it is a duplication, let me see the other, so I know I have it.

  • By Jeff - 8:08 PM on August 30, 2012  

    Unfortunately the ‘don’t import suspected duplicates’ feature doesn’t work if your workflow includes importing on a laptop, exporting a catalog, and importing a catalog on your desktop. This seems to be a known problem going back years. Is Adobe ever going to fix this bug?

    Technical details here:

    • By Jon Etkins - 7:17 AM on July 8, 2013  

      This remains unresolved in LR5, Very frustrating.