Being able to search your desktop is important. I frequently need to find that file that I know I have somewhere, but have no idea where I put it. Desktop search is a really neat solution, because it means you just start typing and it does the hard work of searching for you.
Ubuntu’s latest release at the time of writing, 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), does have an excellent desktop search tool built in, but it’s not actually switched on by default.
In this quick video demo, I show you how to switch on the desktop search tool and how to get it indexing your system for the first time speedily, before setting it back to a background level of activity again.
If you just want a quick fix and don’t want to watch the whole video (it’s only short!), you can enable desktop search by going to System > Preferences > Search and Indexing.