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Assuming you have iPhoto 6, then yes, there is an option to turn off the use of all of these folders. Unfortunately, I'm on a Windows computer right now and can't check to see where to turn it off, but I know it's in the Preferences (iPhoto-->Preferences). This is a feature of iPhoto only, and not all programs use a weird system like this.



iPhoto uses a folder system like this to allow multiple images (aliases) in multiple albums without using too much space on the HDD. You'll probably notice a slowdown in iPhoto if you turn this feature off.

It's not a very good feature if you just want to get a picture from your Pictures folder, but if you need to get a picture it's not that hard to open iPhoto and drag/drop to the Desktop. I'd recommend using Image Capture (in your Apps folder) to import the pictures into whichever folder you want, then dragging that folder to iPhoto. Then you have the best of both worlds. :mac:

I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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