Search for files

You can search for files based on their name or file type directly within the file manager.


  1. Open the Files application from the Activities overview.

  2. If you know the files you want are under a particular folder, go to that folder.

  3. Type a word or words that you know appear in the file name, and they will be shown in the search bar. For example, if you name all your invoices with the word “Invoice”, type invoice. Words are matched regardless of case.

    Instead of typing words directly to bring up the search bar, you can click the magnifying glass in the toolbar, or press Ctrl+F.

  4. You can narrow your results by location and file type.

    • Click Home to restrict the search results to your Home folder, or All Files to search everywhere.

    • Click the + button and pick a File Type from the drop-down list to narrow the search results based on file type. Click the × button to remove this option and widen the search results.

  5. You can open, copy, delete, or otherwise work with your files from the search results, just as you would from any folder in the file manager.

  6. Click the magnifying glass in the toolbar again to exit the search and return to the folder.