how to delete a private collection?
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I inadvertently re-imported my entire library into a private collection. How can I un-do this action? Unlike other collections, I see no way to delete a private collection.
What do you mean by a "private collection"? There is no such thing on LT. You can only make your entire library private (including every collection) or you can set privacy on a book-by-book basis.
While on the "Your books" tab, the "Your Library" dropdown menu includes "Private (feature is in development)". This is apparently a special collection, as it cannot be deleted. I have 1,000 books in it. They are all replicated in "Your Library". I would like to remove them all from the "Private" collection, en masse.
I gotta admit, I have no idea what you're talking about here. :D
(ETA: I mean, I know where you're telling me to look, I just can't replicate creating such a private collection.)
I even tried marking one of my books private, in the hope that it would create this (pseudo?) collection. No dice
Anyone? Hopefully the staff know.
Stealth feature development... interesting. Strange, I don't see this anywhere. By the "Your Library" dropdown menu, do you mean the "Collection Manager"?
My guess is that you can move/remove them the same as you would for any other collection. Go to power edit (little lightning bolt button), select the collection (the private one), and then look in the "collections" tab, select the books you want to change, and select the collection you want to remove, and click "remove from collection."
If they're already in Your Library as well, this should work. If not, you may need to add the "your library" collection first, before removing the "private" one.
ETA - I do see this in the OP's collections, though. Not in mine. Weird.
Ok, really weird. Several people seem to have this default collection, while many of us don't.
What's going on here?
ETA, not only that, but these collections are apparently not private. I can see books in them.
OP, I may have misread your original post. I thought you were trying to change the collection these books are in. If what you're saying is that you have 2 copies of all of these books (not one copy with two collections assigned), then you can also use power edit to delete books en masse.
Select the private collection in your drop-down, so you're only looking at those books. Then, go to power edit, and find the delete function. Select the books you want to delete, either individually or by clicking select all. (You might want to check the "collections" column to make sure none of these are also in your Library.) Then delete.
Good call on the dropdown in your books, rsterling. I was actually looking at the collection list on the profile page, which doesn't include the unprivate Private one.
The power edit thing should do the trick, though.
Thanks for the note. No, it was something else—manual entry incorrectly labeling things as private.
So no comment on the OP's mysterious ""Private (feature is in development)" collection that was showing up very publicly?
Sorry for the necrobump, but I'd rather answer here than start a new thread. I had the exact same issue and this was the only thread on the topic I could find. I decided to make sure that my "Private (feature is in development)" books were in another collection, just in case, and power edited them into "Your Library". As soon as I did the Private collection vanished entirely. I'd heard about a Lost and Found collection that appears for books that aren't in any other collection and vanishes when you solve the problem. So I can't help but wonder if there's a naming mixup behind the scenes. Regardless, putting them into other collections is worth a try!
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