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When in Chrome or other new web browsers, a word is searched in a page, all occurrences of the word is highlighted. I need a similar functionality for a File Manager. I tested Nautilus and Dolphin. I searched a word in a folder with a lot of files. But instead of highlighting the files with names containing that word; files with names not containing that word were hidden.

Is there any File Manager for Ubuntu or option that highlights names that are searched for (instead of hiding other files)?

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Maybe you could try it on the command line with


It has a lot of options. See the man page of find on Ubuntu Manuals.

For example all the files in my current directory containing the letters 'auth'

find /home/frank -name '*auth*'

It's not GUI-based, but it has more options than any GUI-based filemanager. (Maybe Midnightcommander can do it too.)


is also a possibility.

For example to find the string 'AskUbuntu' in all the files in my home directory:

grep -r "AskUbuntu" /home/frank

See the man page of grep on Ubuntu Manuals

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