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      Find files by name, type or content

    KFind can be used as a standalone file search tool, launched by KRunner or from your menu. It is also integrated into Konqueror and Dolphin as Find File in the Tools menu. Being equipped with a graphical user interface, it is often handier than the command line tool named find which requires advanced skills in instruction syntax formulation.

    A search is configured in a 3-tab window.

    The Name/Location tab

    • Specify a file name
      • use wildcards * and ? in the name
    • Specify a starting directory
    • Decide whether you want to also search sub-directories
    • Specify whether the search should be case-sensitive
    • Specify whether hidden files to be shown as well

    The Contents tab

    • Select the file type to be search
    • Specify the search term
      • it can be useful to have '*' set in the file name field in the Name/Location tab
    • Select case sensitivity
    • Should binary files be searched?


    A Contents search is necessarily much slower than a filename search, so be as specific as you can when defining it.

    The Properties tab

    • Find files by creation date
    • Limit the criteria by age - e.g. "during the previous 2 hours"
    • Find files by size - e.g. "At Least 2 MB"
    • Limit the result to files owned by a specific user or group

    All criteria set will be honoured in your search - you are not limited to the specifications in one tab, so you could search for any file in the directory /home or any directory below that, containing the word "Silkstone" which must be capitalized, and is owned by the group "Accounts".