1. Download and Install Duplicate Sweeper.
2. Start up Duplicate Sweeper by double-clicking the Duplicate Sweeper icon on your desktop.
Selecting which folders should be scanned:
As you can see below, once the program is launched, you will be asked to provide a list of files you want the program to scan. You can drag and drop folders onto the white area, select special folders on the right side, or use the add and remove buttons at the bottom of the page to select the files you wish to have scanned. Once you've made your selection, click on Start Duplicate Search on the top right.
The program will attempt to find any files in the folders provided, and proceed to scan them.
Cancelling the Search will display the duplicates found so far. Once the scan is complete, you will be able to look at each individual group of duplicates.
On the left hand side of the screenshot below is a summary of the types of duplicate files found. You can view duplicate files of a particular type by simply selecting the file type from the list. Clicking on Pictures in Duplicate Sweeper will display duplicate images. Similarly, you can click on Documents just to view duplicate document files and so on with other file types.
Duplicate Sweeper shows you your duplicate files grouped in Duplicate Groups in the middle of pane of the program. Each duplicate group contains files that are the same. The file list on the right shows all the files that are part of the selected group. You can pre-view the content of these duplicate files from within Duplicate Sweeper.
To select which of the duplicate files you wish to remove check the Remove box in Duplicate Sweeper. You'll notice that a red number appears next to the corresponding Duplicate Group. The red number shows how many files in that group have been marked for removal. The grey number to the right of it shows how many files are in that duplicate group. You can remove your duplicates by clicking on Recycle Selected Duplicates in Duplicate Sweeper.
To speed things up. Duplicate Sweeper lets you automatically choose the duplicate files to remove. Right-click on the duplicate files to bring up a context menu, or if you prefer, click on the Duplicates tab on the menu bar, to display more options. From here you can select to Keep Newest Files and every file except the newest is marked for removal.
Once you are satisfied with your selection, proceed to click on Recycle Selected Duplicates.
You will be asked to confirm if you do want to recycle, and be given a list of all the affected files.
Confirm to proceed to recycle all of the Duplicates.
Do not forget you can, at any time, return to the previous windows to make further changes to any parameters. Furthermore, the files you recycled will remain in the recycle bin until you choose to empty it, should you to change your mind.
Should you need further help or wish to check for updates, visit the Help menu tab.
Refer to Saving and Loading section for more information.