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iPhoto ’11: The Macintosh iLife Guide to using iPhoto with OS X Lion and iCloud by Jim Heid, Michael E. Cohen, Dennis R. Cohen

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Rebuilding Your iPhoto Library

If iPhoto is acting up—for example, taking forever to launch, running unusually slowly, or not displaying photo thumbnails—try rebuilding your iPhoto Library. Quit iPhoto, then hold down the image and Option keys while starting iPhoto. A dialog appears asking if you’re sure you want to rebuild your library and giving you several options for doing so.

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If your image thumbnails appear gray or blank, try selecting the rebuild thumbnail options. If iPhoto crashes or refuses to load photos when you first launch it, try the rebuild ...

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