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How many images do you have on your PC?

post #1 of 17
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I was curious how many JPGs I had on my PC and couldn't figure out an easy way to do it other than counting the number of files in each subdirectory.

Then I hit on a solution using DOS snd put together a short tutorial. I thought I'd share it with you. I have a Windows 10 machine but it should work on earlier operating systems.

 

 

post #2 of 17

I have 7,658.  It says so at the top right of the iPhoto window when I click on " Photos" under "Library."

 

Apparently you don't need to do anything fancy if you've got a Mac and use iPhoto

post #3 of 17

I think this should work on Windows 7 or later (don't have Windows 10)...

 

Double-Click "My Computer" so you get a Windows Explorer window

 

In search box type *.jpg OR *.jpeg  (syntax may be different on older versions of Windows, operator could be a ; instead of OR, can't recall)

 

That should recursively search through the entire system and you should see a count at bottom of window when done, at which point you can choose to view icons of each pic, or detailed file info, etc using the View menu

post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post
 

I think this should work on Windows 7 or later (don't have Windows 10)...

 

Double-Click "My Computer" so you get a Windows Explorer window

 

In search box type *.jpg OR *.jpeg  (syntax may be different on older versions of Windows, operator could be a ; instead of OR, can't recall)

 

That should recursively search through the entire system and you should see a count at bottom of window when done, at which point you can choose to view icons of each pic, or detailed file info, etc using the View menu

I tried your that approach earlier on another Win 10 PC and it didn't work.  Ironically it sort of worked when I tried it on a different PC although the total differed by 7000 files.  Not sure which total would be the correct one.

post #5 of 17

Did you run the search(es) as an administrative user? Could be an access/permissions issue.

post #6 of 17
Pretty sure Windows Live Gallery tells you when you open it, down in the lower left...
post #7 of 17

What about gifs, tiffs, bitmaps, and other non jpeg formats?

 

I keep stuff spread across four different machines over the home network, a  few more on the phone,  but most of the current millennium photos are also uploaded to various cloud servers across social media sites.

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

What about gifs, tiffs, bitmaps, and other non jpeg formats?

 

*.jpg OR *.jpeg OR .bmp OR .gif      ...   etc, etc, etc

 
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

 

I keep stuff spread across four different machines over the home network, a  few more on the phone,  but most of the current millennium photos are also uploaded to various cloud servers across social media sites.

 

Can't help ya there.   ;-)

post #9 of 17

Searching on *.jpg, bmp, pcx, gif etc. returned a total that also included a lot of text-based files (mostly emails) that had the strings ".jpg", "bmp", etc. in them. I also have some images in two different folders due to a project I'm working on, so I don't really know how many I have. The Pictures folder has about 2000 unique images in it, but there are lots more scattered throughout the system somewhere.

post #10 of 17

I currently have 162,829 jpg files on my data drive.

 

Seriously.

 

It's about a decade's worth of photos between freelance work and my wife's incessant need to photo EVERYTHING.  I had to buy a hard drive for her stuff alone.  No joke.

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Morrison Claystone View Post
 

Searching on *.jpg, bmp, pcx, gif etc. returned a total that also included a lot of text-based files (mostly emails) that had the strings ".jpg", "bmp", etc. in them. I also have some images in two different folders due to a project I'm working on, so I don't really know how many I have. The Pictures folder has about 2000 unique images in it, but there are lots more scattered throughout the system somewhere.

 

Once you click in the search box to input your search string you should see "Advanced Options" show up under "Recent Searches" near the top of the Explorer window. Go in there and make sure "File Contents" is toggled off. That should limit the search to just filenames.

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Morrison Claystone View Post
 

Searching on *.jpg, bmp, pcx, gif etc. returned a total that also included a lot of text-based files (mostly emails) that had the strings ".jpg", "bmp", etc. in them. I also have some images in two different folders due to a project I'm working on, so I don't really know how many I have. The Pictures folder has about 2000 unique images in it, but there are lots more scattered throughout the system somewhere.


There are also image photos within your program folders and windows folders used for icons, spash screens, backgrounds, skins, slide templates, etc that also have those file extensions so you should probably exclude the programs and windows folders..

post #13 of 17
Clearly no one here is really interested in the totals, since it's turned into a discussion of HOW, not HOW MANY.
post #14 of 17

I have 24,222 JPGs in my "Pictures" folder, and 4,920 RAW files. (I'm actually a little surprised those aren't closer.)

post #15 of 17
I have 1. It's a photo of me because I'm perfect.

No really. I am.
post #16 of 17

I keep images only until they are uploaded to SmugMug or are placed into the continuously updated annual family yearbook. Therefore, there are less than 300 at any given time (RAW & JPEG). The SmugMug images are pruned a couple of times per year to get rid of anything not family related (photos of school or regional plays, sports, etc.).  If it is important, it gets printed into an album. If not, it is saved on a cloud if family related or deleted.

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Clearly no one here is really interested in the totals, since it's turned into a discussion of HOW, not HOW MANY.

 

Image total aside perhaps some other useful benefits of knowing how to leverage search parameters might be to just see a list of where all the image files on the system live - there could be some things of interest squirreled away in some forgotten folder somewhere on the system. Also, if you're looking for an image file that has a certain something in the name, or even if you don't know the name,  but want to be able to visually scan the search results (icon view) to find what you're looking for. Stuff like that.

 

As with most things, knowing HOW doesn't hurt.    ;-)

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