4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2011 5:49 PM by ovelky
ovelky Level 1 (0 points)

I just deleted about 20 photos and one old empty folder, but nothing shows up in iPhoto trash and the Empty iPhoto Trash is grayed-out. Everything (including iPhoto Empty Trash) was working fine yesterday. Nothing changed or installed on the computer since then. I tried dumping iPhoto preferences and a command-option rebuild, but no joy. F.Y.I., I am using my old faithful PowerPC G5 running OSX 10.5.8 Leopard

PowerMac G5 Dual 2 GHz Tower and Intel MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.5 gb Ram, 2-LaCie 500gb Externals, RCA Digital Broadband Modem
  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,340 points)

    Where were the photos when you deleted them and how did you delete them?



  • ovelky Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for trying to help me, Toad . . . The photos were in the same albums I created for them when I imported them into iPhoto from my camera two years ago. (I don't think I mentioned I am using iPhoto 09). Anyway, I followed the same procedure I have always done to delete photos, which is to simply select them in the album they were placed in and drag them to iPhoto Trash (NOT the system trash can.) After I dragged these 20 or so pix plus the one old empty folder to the trash, strangely, iPhoto Trash contained nothing but a gray screen. Weird.


    By the way, just a few minutes ago I tried dragging a photo I imported today into the trash and the same thing happened—just a gray screen inside the iPhoto Trash Folder and the "Empty iPhoto Trash" option grayed out.


    I hope that answers your question? . . . Basically, I hadn't moved the photos from their original default location, which I assume is all contained in the User/Pictures/iPhoto Library file.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,340 points)

    Remember, I you drag a photo from an album, those in the left hand page of iPhoto, onto the iPhoto Trash bin and empty the Trash bin, they are not deleted from the library.  The are only deleted from the album.


    If you drag a photo from an Event to the Trash Bin then they will be deleted from the library. So lets make sure we're on the same page.  Is it an album or event you're dragging from?


    If it's an album you're dragging from you'll need to use a key stroke combination to move them from the album to the trash bin: Command+Option+Delete.

  • ovelky Level 1 (0 points)

    THAT'S THE ANSWER! . . . It was definitely from an Album, not from an Event. I just tried your suggestion and it worked! Everything is back to normal. Thank you so much, Old Toad!