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Windows 7: How can i scan my cpu for all images and send them to 1 folder??

10 Jan 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
How can i scan my cpu for all images and send them to 1 folder??

I have pictures saved all over my laptop. Is there anyway I can run a scan that will send all the images to the same location so I can sort through them?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

A lot is possible if you are into scripting...

Or you might find a picture management utility on the web that'll work.

One cheap way to do it is to simply open explorer to your C drive, then type the following into the search box:

ext:.jpg OR ext:.gif OR ext:.bmp

(Add more extensions if you need to find TGA or RAW files etc)

All the files will be listed in one place you can then Ctrl+A to select them all and copy paste them somewhere else.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Suggestion: If you install the wonderful tagging utility MP3Tag, and you configure it to "recurse down through folders", you can then use it to produce one big list of all music files on your C-drive (or a complete list of any music file that supports a tag, anyway). So it will show everything except WAV files, as WAV does not support tags. By navigating it to your top-level C-drive itself, and with the "recurse subdirectories" option in effect, ALL music files located anywhere on your C-drive would be listed. Might take a little time to do the recursion through the entire drive, but you'll see everything when it's done.

In particular you WOULD CHECK the "subdirectories" option in MP3Tag's options (I normally have it un-checked for my normal program usage, but for your objective you would want to CHECK it):

Also, if you have additional hard drives you can just repeat this process on each one until you've got everything you want where you want it, so that you can do further work (maybe even use MP3Tag for editing your tags, renaming files, etc.!).

Note that once you've got the complete list of music files presented, you can further click on the column-headings, to sort the list into ascending/descending sequence by the values in that column. This might make it easier for you to then select/sub-select what exactly you want to move/copy to the new target folder location.

Furthermore, MP3Tag has a "filter" option (at the bottom of the window) so that you can further limit what is shown in that huge list of files, which again might make it easier for you to work with "groups" of music files at a time if that is to your advantage.

Also note that most of the data shown is from the internal tag fields or music file itself, although there is the external file name and full-qualified path shown as well. You can customize the columns shown by MP3Tag, both as to the actual columns shown as well as their presented left-to-right order. Just right-click on the column heading bar and select "customize columns...".

Anyway, once you've got the list of all of your music files showing, you then select them all (CTRL+a) or select just those that you want to select. Then right-click on the selected items and choose "COPY..." or "MOVE..." from the context menu, to trigger the dialog window allowing you to specify your target output folder to receive all of these files. Just navigate to where you want them to be placed, and OK. Bingo. Done. Might take some time depending on how many files you are copying/moving.

Try this on just a few files to learn with, and then apply the method to your whole set of music files.

Note that this is NOT a "copy to clipboard"... it is an actual COPY FILE (e.g. F5 keyboard shortcut) or MOVE FILE (F6 keyboard shortcut), hence why the "save as" dialog appears so that you can designate the target output folder.

NOTE: this will not delete any FOLDERS in which these music files live. It is only a way to copy/move all of your music files from wherever they might live on C, D, etc., to a single target output folder of your choosing (wherever that might be) so that you can then work on all the files in one single folder. But any further maintenance you want to do such as deleting the original myriad folders you might have, creating new folders for \Artist\Album collection organization, etc., that is a separate task.

EDIT: just noticed you are concerned with IMAGE files, not MUSIC files!!! I misread your original post.

Obviously my discussion above is for music files and MP3Tag, not for images. Sorry for the mistake (but I'll leave it here rather than delete it, because actually it IS a good method for doing the same thing for music files... if that was the mission).
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Jan 2012   #4


If you download a trial version of syncback you can use wildcards to automatically cut and copy, or paste, all image files using wildcard filters, to a designated folder of your choice.

*.jpg, *.jpeg, *.gif, *.tiff, *.png, *.bmp etc will find most image files. You can add more extensions if needs be.

Powerful computer backup software - SyncBackPro is the power user's pc backup software
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Ok... to wipe the egg off of my face and actually address OP's request, here is my new suggestion FOR IMAGE FILES (or anything, really).

(1) Add "copy to folder..." and "move to folder..." to the right-click context menu of Windows 7. It will be added right after the "Send to..." item.

You can obtain the "instant Registry MERGE" .reg file from the SevenForums tutorial on the topic of adding these two items to the context menu.

(2) If you don't already have it installed on your machine, download and install "Everything Search Engine". It is a fantastic replacement/alternative for Windows Search when all you wanted to do was a full/partial/wildcard search for a file name.

(3) Use Everything to search for all image files on your drives, e.g. C:\*.jpg", C:\*gif, etc. in the search argument which you can manually enter in a blank new search window (right-click on Everything item in the System Tray and select the "new search window" item.

Or, right-click on the C-drive in Explorer and select "Search Everything..." which will pre-populate the "C:\" portion of the search argument. Then you only need to manually enter the *.jpg piece yourself.

As you type the search argument, Everything will be instantly scanning its index of file names and the list presented will instantly reflect exactly what your search argument is looking for.

(4) Once you have the list shown, you can sort on column headings if you want to, if that helps get things organized better for your needs. But when you have the list, select one or more of the files (or ALL, with CTRL+a) and then right-click on the selection group and choose the newly added "copy to folder..." or "move to folder..." items (from step 1 above).


(hope this makes up for my completely inappropriate response earlier, although it's another way this could work for music files... using MP3Tag. Or, you can use this Everything approach for ANY files, music or image or anything!).

Everything is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And with "copy to folder..." and "move to folder..." in the context menu, your problem is instantly solved!

NOTE: if you have MULTIPLE drives, you don't need to use Everything limited to searching on one drive at a time. Just type *.jpg in the search argument and ALL JPG FILES ANYWHERE ON ALL OF YOUR HARD DRIVES (and which are configured to be indexed by Everything) will be searched instantly and simultaneously (via its all-knowing realtime-updated file name index).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2012   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bbfootball44 View Post
I have pictures saved all over my laptop. Is there anyway I can run a scan that will send all the images to the same location so I can sort through them?
You should be able to do it with the xcopy command from a command prompt.

This command will copy all jpegs on D to C:\temp

D:\ xcopy /s *.jpg c:\temp

This command will copy all jpegs in D:\pictures to d:\temp

D:\pictures\xcopy /s *.jpg d:\temp

Adapt those commands to your situation
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