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In Adobe Lightroom 3, how can I reset the library? That is, I want to remove all photos from the library.

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    You can simply create a new catalog to start fresh with an "empty" one. A catalog is really just a folder on disk with a bunch of metadata files. You could delete that folder and create a new one. I would recommend just creating a new catalog, though, just in case you want to load up your old one again and not lose the modifications and photo metadata stored in it. – jrista Mar 15 '12 at 2:11
  • Is there a way to delete a catalog? – Wavy Crab Mar 15 '12 at 3:25
  • As jrista said, just delete the folder on your computer. There is no command inside Lightroom to delete a catalog as far as I know. – MikeW Mar 15 '12 at 6:13
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The catalog is an *.lrcat file. If you delete it will be gone. The next time you start Lightroom tell you it cannot find the catalog and will create a new one.

There is also usually a folder called Backups next to it which contains backups of your catalog. You will also find a folder called *.previews.lrdata which is a cache which you can delete anytime, even if you do not delete the catalog. That contains previews which are created as needed.

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