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Noob here. OK, I

  1. Open the Dash.
  2. Type "file". An app appears, called "files", icon looks like ta 2-drawer file cabinet. I click that, the app opens
  3. I click the "Search button". I type the file name in the box and hit Enter.
  4. The program thinks for a while, then displays a result. Great! the program found the file I was looking for! IT knows where is, BUT I DON'T! IT DOESN'T SAY WHERE IT IS!!!!

How do I find out where it is, please?

I hate to say this, but is there an app that works like Windows Explorer (but doesn't crash every 2 minutes)?

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You move the cursor over the file, right click, select properties and then you should be able to see it under File location – Uri Herrera Sep 4 '12 at 15:27
Not quite sure why you've been down-voted for a sensible noob question – artfulrobot Sep 4 '12 at 16:31

yes, this should be easier than that for search results, I agree. There's apparently a lot of work been done on search from within the "Files" app. (aka Nautilus) but that's not out yet.

There's the way suggested by Uri Herrera in the comment (right-click → properties → see the Location bit).

Also, it may be handy to know that you can just Copy the file (right-click → Copy) as if you actually wanted a copy of it, and if you press paste somewhere like a text box, you'll actually paste the filepath itself.

So let's say your search threw up a file called foo.pdf and you wanted to view other files in the same folder as it.

  1. Right-click foo.pdf and select Copy.

  2. Press Ctrl-L (or if you prefer menus, Go → Location...)

  3. Now press Paste (which is Ctrl-V, or right-click and choose Paste) and press Enter.

The Files app will now open the folder with that file in it, and select the file.

So if you like keyboard shortcuts like me, you can just select the file, hold Ctrl down and type C L V, let go of Ctrl, press Enter and voilá!

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