2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2012 11:04 PM by Terence Devlin
robinlaub Level 1 Level 1

I get an error message when I try to use the share function on iPhoto. When I try to share photos via email a triangle icon with an exclamation mark appears. Why can't I use share function?

  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac

    What happend if you double click on the same photo to expand it? If you export it?



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10

    The ! turns up when iPhoto loses the connection between the thumbnail in the iPhoto Window and the file it represents.


    What version of iPhoto? Assuming 09 or later


    Option 1

    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.



    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.