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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Selecting and Deleting Items in the Media Window

Selecting and Deleting Items in the Media Window

You can select items in the Media window in much the same way you select files in Windows XP. However, when you delete an item from the Media window, bear in mind that you’re only deleting a reference to a file on the hard disk, not the file itself. So, if you delete a clip, the project will no longer require that clip, but its source media remains on the hard disk. When you attempt to delete a clip that’s in the timeline, Premiere Elements prompts you to confirm the action.

To select items in the Media window:

1.
If necessary, open the folder containing the clips you want to view.

2.
To select a clip or clips, do one of the following:

  • Click an item.

  • Shift-click a range of items.

  • Ctrl-click several noncontiguous items.

  • Drag a marquee around two or more items (Figure 4.26).

    Figure 4.26. Select items by clicking, or select a range of items by dragging a marquee selection (shown here).


  • Choose Edit > Select All to select all items.

  • Choose Edit > Deselect All to deselect all items.

To delete items from the Media window:

1.
In the Media window, select one or more items.

2.
Click the delete button , or press Delete on your keyboard.

Deleting a clip removes it from the project, but the source file remains on the hard disk (Figure 4.27). If the clip is used in a timeline, Premiere Elements prompts you to confirm your choice.

Figure 4.27. Clicking the Delete button removes selected items from the project but doesn’t remove related media files from the disk.


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