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How to Delete Multiple Images on Your Canon EOS 6D

You can mark multiple images for deletion on your Canon EOS 6D. This is similar to deleting a bunch of images in an image-editing program. Images should be reviewed on a computer in which case you have a bigger screen and it’s easier to examine images in detail.

Deleting in the camera should be used only for obvious clunkers, such as out-of-focus images, or when you photographed a moving target like a bird in flight and cut off half its body. But some may find deleting multiple images useful, and you can do so with your EOS 6D. To delete multiple images:

  1. Press the Menu button.

    The last-used camera menu displays on the camera LCD monitor.

  2. Use the Multi-controller to highlight the Playback Settings 1 tab.

  3. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Erase Images, and then press the Set button.

    The options for erasing images display on the camera LCD monitor.

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  4. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Select and Erase Images.

  5. Press Set.

    A single image displays on the camera LCD monitor unless you're viewing multiple thumbnails while reviewing. If you are reviewing single images and prefer to view thumbnails while marking images for deletion, press the Index/Magnify button and then rotate the Main dial left until three thumbnails appear on the LCD monitor.

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  6. Press Set to mark an image for deletion.

    After you mark an image for deletion, a check mark appears.

    If you’re viewing three images as thumbnails, rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight an image and then press Set to mark it for deletion. Alternatively, you can use the Multi-controller to navigate between images and then press Set to mark an image for deletion. After you mark a thumbnail for deletion, a check mark appears above it. Try viewing one image at a time when deleting images.

    If you accidentally select an image for deletion that you don’t want to delete, press Set to deselect the image.

    If you're viewing thumbnails and want to see the bigger picture before you mark an image for deletion, press the Index/Magnify button to display a single image on the monitor. Rotate the Main dial to zoom in and then use the Multi-controller button to pan to different parts of the image.

  7. Review other images and mark the duds for deletion.

    A check mark appears on the display when you mark an image for deletion. The total number of images you’ve marked for deletion appears to the right of the word Set in the LCD monitor.

  8. Press the Erase button to delete the images.

    The Erase Images menu displays. At this stage, you still have the chance to back out if you navigate to the Cancel button and press Set.

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  9. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight OK and then press Set.

    Faster than a bullet from a gun, the images are toast.

Your camera also has menu options to erase all images in a folder or on the card. This type of heavy lifting needs to be done with your computer and not in the camera because erasing images uses battery power. After all the heavy work is done on the computer, format the camera card and then you’re ready to shoot up a storm.

If you do a lot of work away from your main computer and need to download cards after a day of shooting, consider investing in one of the small laptop computers. You can install your image-editing software on the laptop computer, download images from a card, and then do some preliminary winnowing and editing.

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