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I switched over from Windows 7 Ultimate to Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon a few days ago, and I wanted to search files and folders in my Home directory using the menu, but nothing happened. It seems like cinnamon is only searching for applications. Then I found out you could use the File Manager too search files and folders. But I wanted to use the menu instead. I don't like opening windows to search for something. Because my previous OS could do just that. And I DON'T what a third-party anything.

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From your desktop, open a shell or terminal window. At the prompt, use the 'man' command to review the details about 'find'.

 prompt$  man find
 prompt$  find {path} {options}

prompt$ find /home/myName -type f -iname somefile

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To my knowledge there is no other way to search for files or folders in Linux Mint. Nemo (the file manager in Cinnamon) will find files and folders by name in the current folder. There are a variety of 3rd party applications but Nemo is the default.

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I would recommend using the application Catfish. Unless, of course, you want to use the terminal. It's a very good search program. Catfish is also the package name.

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