Search Your Computer Quickly With the Deskbar Applet on Ubuntu

By Lowell Heddings on December 10th, 2006

Ubuntu linux includes one of the most useful utilities available on any operating system: the Deskbar

With this utility, you can search any or all of the following services:

  • Programs
  • Dictionary
  • Files
  • Address book
  • Open Windows
  • Yahoo!
  • del.icio.us bookmarks
  • Web History

To install this utility, open up a terminal window and type in the following command:

sudo apt-get install deskbar-applet

Now you can add it to your panel by right clicking anywhere on the panel, and choosing Add to Panel:

You should see this icon somewhere in the dialog. Click the Add button or drag it to your panel:

If the applet displays as a single icon, it may be easier to change it to a full search box. You can do that by right clicking it and choosing preferences. Click the View tab, and then change the Layout to “Entry in panel”:

If you hit Alt+F3, you’ll change the focus to the textbox immediately. Typing in a search pops up a dialog allowing you to choose what search type you want:

To enable more search types, you can select them in the preferences page for the applet.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/10/06
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