How to Find Lost or Missing Files on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

For students and new users, there may be times when files go missing on Ubuntu and finding them might be a challenge… This brief tutorial shows you how to find lost files and documents when using Ubuntu desktop…

If you created a document or downloaded it from online and you can’t find where it’s stored, use the steps below to find it.. Most cases, if the document isn’t deleted or stored on a removable drive, it might be in a folder that is buried among other folders…

If the file is saved on your computer but don’t know where, use Ubuntu search feature to find it.. on Ubuntu, you can search for files based on names, types directly from the file manager…These tips will help you find your missing files:

Step 1: Search for Files

Ubuntu Fine Manager has a built-in search feature that allows you to find missing files based on name and type… To search for file via file manager, follow the steps below:

  • Search and open the Files application from the Activities overview.
  • If you know where the file may be stored, go to that folder.. if not, stay in your home folder.
  • Select the search button and type a word or words that you know appear in the file name… For example, if you name all your invoices with the word “Invoice”, type invoice. Words are matched regardless of case.
  • 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.
  • Click the magnifying glass in the toolbar again to exit the search and return to the folder.

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If the file was downloaded from the Internet via your web browser, it might have automatically saved in your Downloads folder… to go File Manager –> Home –> Downloads folders and look in there…

Step 2: Recover Delete Files

If the file you’re looking for was accidentally deleted, use the steps below to recover it.. When you delete a file, it gets moved to the trash, where it stays until you manually empty the trash..

To restore files from the Trash, follow the steps below:

  • Open the Activities overview and start typing Files.
  • Click on Files to open the file manager.
  • Click Trash in the sidebar. If you do not see the sidebar, click Files in the top bar and pick Sidebar.
  • If your deleted file is there, click on it and select Restore. It will be restored to the folder from where it was deleted.

These are tips that you can use the find and restore files that were missing on Ubuntu desktop…

Also, if you named the file start with a period ( . ) or ending with a tilde  ( ~ ) , then the file will be hidden in File Manager… You can click the view options button in the Files toolbar and enable Show Hidden Files to display them.

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