This guide helps you find your installed applications, so that if you installed something but it did not show up in the applications menu, you'll know where it is, and then you can make a launcher for it. There is a great application that can search all of your installed applications. It's called Xfce 4 Appfinder - and don't be scared by the name, it works in Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu. Now to install the program, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and paste:
It'll be in Applications > Accessories in GNOME, Kmenu > Utilities in KDE, and Xfce Menu > Utilities in XFCE.Code:sudo apt-get update&&sudo apt-get install xfce4-appfinder
To search for anything with a GUI search tool, you can either go to Places > Search for Files, or you can right-click on any panel, select add to panel, and select the Deskbar search tool, and search from there.
You can also install Beagle, a powerful search tool. To install it, just paste into a terminal:It will replace the Places > Search for Files tool, and now it is just Places > Search.Code:sudo apt-get update&&sudo apt-get install beagle
You can't really go back to the original search tool (well you can, but it's a bit tedious), but you can always just add the "Search for Files" applet to your panel (right-click on any panel, and select add to panel).
To search for anything with the terminal, you can either use the commands locate or which.
Locate is used more like a keyword-based search function. For example, if you type in a terminal:
then all files with the name java would appear, and there are a lot more than one if you have java installed. The which command will find the most important file associated with the keyword, i.e.Code:locate java
will reveal the location of the java executable, in /usr/bin/java, and that's it.Code:which java
After you've found the location of your installed app, you have to make a launcher for it in the menus. So right-click on your menu, and select edit menus. Then go to whatever category you wish the program to be, and select file > new entry. then you can choose the name, description, icon, and most importantly, the command for your application which you have just found.