I have taken a few months worth of photos, imported them into Lightroom so that all the photos of a given day are in a folder, and edited a small fraction of the photos. My drive is filling up, so I would like to delete (I have backed them up) all the photos I didn't edit. Is there a way to do this in bulk? I could open each folder in Lightroom and delete the ones in the Library that are not edited, but it would be easier if the software will find the unedited ones and save me from opening each folder.

  • Do you add a keyword or rating or anything to your edited files? You can select for empty keywords and other attributes...
    – BobT
    Sep 28, 2020 at 15:00
  • @BobT: no, but that is a good thought going forward. Sep 28, 2020 at 17:42

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Not sure if this is an option you have already tried or not, but this might help speed things up for you.

In the Library module, choose the "Attribute" filter option from the filter bar across the top, and you can choose the "unedited photo" filter ... that will then show all the unedited photos in that folder. Once you've got them all in one view like that, you can do a mass selection and delete them all at once.

  • That helps a lot and is almost perfect. The only thing I don't like is that if I edit a photo, go to Photoshop, do some editing there and save it comes back into Lightroom but the new version counts as unedited. There are few enough that have been edited I can use the attribute the way you suggest to find the edited ones, select both versions of the edited one and invert the selection to get there. Sep 28, 2020 at 18:24

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