Removing Unused Resources from a Lectora and Lectora Online Title

It’s easy to remove unused resources! After you’ve been working on a Lectora title for a while you may have extra images, attachments, and media files that you no longer need. Even if the objects are no longer on any pages in your title, they’re still in your media library. You can clean-up these unused files and reduce your file size.

Deleting a Resource

  1. From the Tools ribbon, go to the Manage section and click Resources.

Tools Resources

2. The Resource Manager will open. Select the Unused tab at the top to see all of the resources not currently being used on any of the pages in the title.

Resource Manager

3. Click individual resources to view their information. Delete a Resource once it’s selected by clicking Remove. Click Remove All to delete all of the unused Resources. This will remove all the references to the resources but leave the actual files still on your computer.

If you’d like to delete the files from your computer as well (Lectora Inspire and Publisher only):

Navigate to the location where your course is being saved. Remove the files you no longer are using from the images, extern, and/or media folders from where your title is saved on your computer and replace them with the matching folders from the zip file. Be sure that you don’t accidentally delete a used resource.  This will cause an error window to appear when you reopen the course asking you to assign a resource to the missing content or remove it.

Alternate Method:

  1. From the Tools ribbon, select Error Check in the Review section.
  2. If you have unused Resources and Variables in your title, you’ll receive a prompt to remove them with an option to delete them from your computer.
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Comments

  1. Profile photo of Amy Elliott
    Amy Elliott

    Very helpful as I often have images that I have deleted and wasn’t sure what the easiest way was to get rid of them.

  2. Tom Hood

    The functionality is really helpful, but it only works if the Resource is recognized by Lectora as not being used by any pages. I have removed attachments but they still show in the Resource Manager>Resource Used with by the title name only, no page reference. I know I can just remove it from the Resource Manager>All list, but why is it not updating the state of the attachment correctly?

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    clammers

    It would be nice if this automatically removed/deleted the files from the computer in addition to removing them from the title. If I go through and use the Resource Manager to remove 30+ unused images, I have to then manually keep track of those I removed so that I can delete them from the images folder as well. It’s somewhat frustrating “removing” these files from the title, but still having them take up space on an external drive/SharePoint since they weren’t actually deleted.

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