2.4 Finding Data on your Computer or in the File System
KDE provides more than one application for finding data on your computer
or in the file system.
With Kerry, you can very easily search your personal information space
(usually your home folder) to find documents, e-mails, Web history,
IM/ITC conversations, source code, images, music files, applications, and
much more. For more information, refer to Section 5.0, Searching with Kerry.
With KFind, you can locate files on your computer or in the file system
using a variety of search criteria, such as file content, dates, owner,
or file size. Start it from the main menu with Alt+F2 and enter kfind.
. Alternatively, press
Figure 2-1 Finding Files with KFind
2.4.1 Finding Files
To perform a search for certain filenames, proceed as follows:
Start KFind from the main menu or command line.
Click the tab to perform a basic
Specify the name of the file to find in . You
can use the following wild cards:
The asterisk (*) stands for any number of missing characters
(even zero). For example, searching for
marc* can find the files
marc, marc.png, and
Searching for can find
- Question Mark
The question mark (?) stands for exactly one character. For
example, searching for mar? can find
marc, but marc? cannot find
anything if your files are named marc and
marc.png. You can put as many question marks
in the search term as you want. It finds exactly that number of
You can combine those two wild card symbols in any search term.
Specify the folder to search in or click
to find the folder you want. Select
to also search all subfolders
starting from your specified folder.
Press Enter or click .
2.4.2 Performing an Advanced File Search
For a more detailed search, you can also specify further options, such
as a text the file to find must contain:
Start KFind from the main menu or the command line.
Click the tab.
Specify the name of the file to find in .
Specify the folder in which to search in or
click to find the folder.
Click the tab.
In , specify the type of file to find.
In , enter the word or phrase the
file you are searching for must contain.
If you want to specify further options, click the
tab and choose the options you want.
Click to perform the search.
For detailed information about the search options available, refer to
the KFind online help.