In iPhoto, select some photos in an album, delete them only remove the photos from the albums (but are not actually deleted).

How can I delete photos (move to Trash) inside iPhoto albums (like deleting photos in Library > Photos view)?

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    Is your question about "How to remove a photo from the whole iPhoto library"?
    – dan
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 9:18
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    I don't understand why people don't understand the question. He's got, say, 10 photos in his library. he's got one album with three photos. he wants to delete the photos from the one album, and when he's done, have 7 photos left in his library. A one step delete-from-library-when-delete-from-album thing.
    – chornbe
    Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 0:26

4 Answers 4


Select photos in an album, press option+command+delete.

  • This doesn't appear to work any more.
    – a2f0
    Commented Mar 7, 2022 at 6:05
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    Worked like a charm. (M1 Macbook Air, Big Sur 11.6.3)
    – ynn
    Commented May 22, 2022 at 13:21

just right click click the trash icon and go to the column menu`s trash (the vertical menu left to your screen) and click on the top right empty trash. hope this helps.



Easy. When you open up your album, do a right mouse click on the image and the Trash icon appears. Just click that and the actual image is removed from the album but placed in the Trash as well.

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  • No. At least, it does not work for me. The photo is removed from the Album but not in Trash. iPhoto 9.5.1
    – ohho
    Commented Oct 5, 2014 at 3:18
  • @JakeGould: could you clarify what is the exact function of this Trash button. On my iPhoto interface, this button looks like inactived (it is grey).
    – dan
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 9:21

There's a trash can within iPhoto. To clear the space from your hard drive, you have to empty the trash can within the program. Click "iPhoto" next to the apple when the interface is selected. It's like the 4th option down. Then your hard drive will be restored.

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