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 The Linux Mint User Guide

This is the official Linux Mint User Guide, available in many languages in both PDF and ODT formats.

Download link:

Table of contents:

Introduction to Linux Mint
    Version numbers and codenames
    Where to find help

Installation of Linux Mint
    Download the ISO
    Via Torrent
    Install a Torrent client
    Download the Torrent file
    Via a download mirror
    Read the Release Notes
    Check the MD5
    Burn the ISO to CD
    Boot the LiveCD
    Install Linux Mint on your Hard Drive
    The Boot sequence

Introduction to the Linux Mint Desktop
    The Gnome Desktop
        Getting to know mintMenu
        The “Places” menu
        The “System” menu
        The “Applications” menu
        The “Search” field
        Define your favorite applications
        Make your own shortcuts
        Launch applications automatically when you log in
        Change the appearance of mintMenu
        Activate the Recent plug-in
        Restore the default settings
        Replace mintMenu with the default Gnome menu

Install/Remove Applications
    Package Management in Linux Mint
        MintInstall, the Software Manager
        Synaptic & APT
    Remove applications
    Update your system and your applications
        Using mintUpdate

Make the most of your desktop
    Copy and paste with the mouse
    Takes notes with Tomboy
    Archive emails and websites as PDF


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Created: 5 years ago.
Last edited: 4 years ago.
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1 month ago

1 month ago

Thanks for this excellent guide!  
1 month ago

1 month ago

This is an excellent guide. Thanks!  
2 months ago

2 months ago

Grat job Clem! Thank you!  
3 months ago

great info  
5 months ago

Hi, looking for some good tuto'.
Since this tutorial is 5 years old, is it still ok to use ?
Thanks :)
5 months ago

This looks to be just what I need. Thank you very much.  
7 months ago

Now I know what apt is!  
10 months ago

A must read for all new minters like myself.  
1 year ago

You guide is great but I'm now looking for something the next step-- beginners using terminal commands. I came across something once and haven't seen it again that was easy to follow. Maybe you have an idea what I'm looking for now.....  
1 year ago

reading the user guide before trying out anything saves a lot of hassles. the document is simple enough to follow. very good not just for linux noobies but for linux veterans who have gone on hibernation (like me).

kudos to the writer.
1 year ago

Nicely written and informative..  
1 year ago

1 year ago

This is awesome... a User Gide for LM 17 Cinnamon edition in my native language (dutchà
1 year ago

Thanks for having even a User Gide for LM 17 Cinnamon edition.

I have the following notes on it:

1) It would be nice to mention the exact version of described software (and maybe even the version of the document itself) on the first page .

2) Installation of Linux Mint (page 7). Newbies does not know what liveDVD means, so I would change the following sentence:

The liveDVD is then bootable and provides a fully-functional operating system which you can try without affecting your PC. -->
This DVD is then bootable and provides a fully-functional operating system which you can run on your PC. It is a so called liveDVD which can be used for trial without affecting your disk.

Please also change somewhat bellow:
If you like what you see when running the liveDVD you can decide to install the system
to your hard drive. -->
If you like what you see when running this liveDVD you can decide to install the system
to your hard drive from a desktop icon.

(Earlier it was not clear for me, how to install a liveDVD and thought I will need a different ISO for installation!)

3) The “Introduction to the Desktop” chapter describes how to “Getting to know the menu”, but there is neither “System menu” (page 22), “Package Manager button” (page 24) nor “Applications menu” (page 27) on the installed software.

4) On page 43-44 it is explained how to copy and paste just with selecting the text and pasting it with a middle mouse click using the “mouse buffer”. It doesn't work for me in the way you described with LibreOffice.
The sentence „Now click on some other part of the document to move the cursor there ...” is incorrect. You shouldn't click, just move the cursor (without clicking) above the new place and than paste it with the middle mouse click.

(some of these notes may apply for other editions of User manual)
1 year ago

Dual booted with XP. Won't recognize the wireless, broadcom. Also, won't accept my password. So, I figured out how to reset it, but it still won't accept it. Computer is a Dell D430 with 2 gigs Ram and Core 2 duo. Looks pretty, but is useless so far.  
1 year ago

mint is good so far.  
1 year ago

Good for a very basic starting point.  
1 year ago

A good basic guide but not totally relavent to my version, a shame.  
1 year ago

I have installed LinuxMint 16 Xfce 64 bit on my AMD sempron 64-bit processor desktop machine, which it runs only flakily, despite only having this installation of Linux using its 3GB of memory and 500 GB hard drive. The Guide (which is for version 15, but that's all we English-speakers are allowed) offers no help with the following:
Please can you tell me how I can exit from the displayimage-melting screen saver. I've tried no end of keystroke combinations. My current best-bet is to press the big red "Reset" hardware interrupt button on the case of my desktop PC for an instant reboot - luckily my machine has got one! This is not a particularly productivity-enhancing option and courts software and data corruption.
1 year ago

I am going to be switching business PC's over and wont to ensure we do things properly step by step. Your user manual indicates i must ensure the signature of the downloaded iso is the same as that on the website. Where do i find this signature on the website?  
1 year ago

Havent a Chance 2 experiment it. But all things Linux r Good!!!!!!  
1 year ago

I'm newbie to Linus, thanks for your great guides.  
2 years ago

Found this user guide two days after installing Linux Mint 14 alongside Windows 7 and 8. I had no problems at all with the installation. I just wish that I've read this earlier. Making my way around the system was all good but I'm still a noob when it comes to coding though.  
2 years ago

A good basic instruction manual. It doesn't cover KDE but still good for a starting point.  
2 years ago

You are a Very Linux Devoloper. Thanks for Your best work. Thanks Clement ...  
2 years ago

thanks .... really I need this guide  
2 years ago

Linux Mint 14, so far so good. I am a noob to linux and i dont know my way around this type of software so forgive me for making stupid questions. lol  
2 years ago

I had installed Mint15 properly
Now should i know how i can change the Permission for a usb-stick whick have an autorun application.
2 years ago

Would someone please explain to me how to check MD5? There are three lines in the Manual, should I run these sequentially? Thank you  
2 years ago

An easy to follow documentation, thank you very much.  
2 years ago

Excellent documentation. Concise, thorough without being overly complicated by minutiae and easy-to-understand.
Another win for Mint.
2 years ago

Very good documentation.  
2 years ago

I too installed Mint alongside WinXP. Everything went perfect, as far as installation. I LOVE IT. Many thanks.  
2 years ago

instale linux mint en mi compu y me trone xp, parece que no perdi mucho ya que linux se mira exelente, lo unico que no puedo es instalar mi impresora l355, favor de mandarme los lineamentos para realizarlo,

2 years ago

how to install matlab in linux
2 years ago

Just installed Mint as a dual boot alongside Windows XP, as a newby to Linux the installation went faultless. Many thanks.
Looks like I'll be having hours of fun exploring.
2 years ago

The guide needs instructions on how to install Mint to dual boot.

I have had to abort installing Mint as a dual boot alongside Win 7, because when you are choosing the drive space to be allocated, the install wizard doesn't tell you which drive is for Windows and which for Mint.

I hoped the Mint guide might tell me, but no luck. Never forget the importance of detailing every single step in a user guide!!! 1 step omitted renders it useless...
2 years ago

2 years ago

Good as the guide is, when a newbie like me has rashly decided to remove Microsoft Windows and start again, what I really needed was a step by step guide with screenshots to get me off the ground. Despite grubbing around websites and youtube, getting simple but high quality information proved difficult.  
2 years ago

Very useful and helpful! Many thanks for this User Guide!!!  
3 years ago

Excellent guide. Very useful indeed.  
3 years ago

this is an excellent text mate!!!!congrats!!!how can i translate the manual in my language...some years ago i was translating in launchpad ...sorry guys for my stupid question  
3 years ago

This is an excellent piece of text to introduce newcomers to the environment of Linux and Linux Mint. Thanks again.  
3 years ago

Great guide dude.Still having a few problems with mint but gonna stick with it, sure it will get sorted out soon one way or another.  
3 years ago

As a new user ... tanx that great
3 years ago

Seriously, the system menu has 7 buttons.  
3 years ago

Fantastic guide. As a new user this is much appreciated.  
3 years ago

@sbrbot - A link to your guide was posted on the Linux Mint Community Blog on tumblr.  
3 years ago

I created Linux Mint 12 User Guide in Croatian language. One can fint it here:

How can I or who can put it with other user guides?
3 years ago

Is there a version for LMDE ?  
3 years ago

Are there any addenda to this nice guide specially for "Lisa".  
3 years ago

Muito bom é sempre bom aprender mais....  
4 years ago

Buenisimo :) No sabia que ya estaba traducido al español. Gracias  
4 years ago

Thank you :)  
4 years ago

Thank you. It is written in very simple and easy to understand language.

Can you please add info about double and triple boot and the number of partitions that are needed to install mint.

I hope this should be in the scope of Mint guide.
4 years ago

Any chance the guide might be updated to include the different versions? I have LXDE and this guide only pertains to the Main version. I'm a noob to Linux, and completely loving it. I would like to learn more about the particular version that I am running though.  
4 years ago

Thanks! It's really helpful for a newbie like me.  
4 years ago

Today i published the LMDE User Guide Alpha 1 version, in italian language. My intention is to provide an english version to all potential users in the world. The main page is this:

What do you think about that?

Thanks a lot to all :-)
4 years ago

Good reference  
4 years ago

I find it , the full guide, an inspiration for new 'windows to Linux' migrators. Linux mint is even the easiest. Thanks for this guide which is essential for newcomers.  
4 years ago

Mint is the best.....I hardly open my window now....  
4 years ago

This system is ten times better than Windows XP or any other system. Thanks for the new Windows Operating System.  
4 years ago

Look I just wanted an answer to a simple question, using an ACER wide-screen.
(15.6) laptop all I get after the install process installs is the initial splash screen and then the screen goes black. The disk is running and I can hear stuff going on, but no video? This is probably the wrong place to get some simple info but like most of you guys I've got to jump through hoops
(what with registering and navigating around to try and get a SIMPLE answer)
I'm expecting to get one of those RTFM answers to boot.
4 years ago

It would be nice to have a mirror: right now the link is down.  
4 years ago

La liga para descargar el manual no esta disponible (enlace roto). Si me gustaria obtener el manual, Gracias.  
4 years ago

Hey all. I'm coming over from using a dual boot with Windows XP and Mandriva 10. My question is this: I'm turfing Mandriva and can anyone tell me how to install MINT in the partition used by Mandiva while not affecting the Windows parition? I don't know enough to recognize the Mandriva partition straight off. Thanks in advance. BC (aka sandwichbay)  
4 years ago

Nice article  
4 years ago

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4 years ago

i'm new to use linux mint.. Very useful and helpful! Many thanks for this User Guide. Hope i can learn anything from here  
4 years ago

Just what I need, very well put together, thank you.  
4 years ago

I've been on the Introductory Course served by the Open University, and this guide is even better than their's (in the course). So that's a plus for Linux Mint!  
4 years ago

Very useful and helpful! Many thanks for this User Guide!!!  
4 years ago

hi . new at this need help, lots of do i get one and when .and where . bin using windows xp now also have this and it seems fun but hard.doent know what to do.  
4 years ago

thanks dear...  
4 years ago

This is an excellent user's manual for Mint! thanks.  
4 years ago

ive been using mint 10 now for a few days and so far ive had everything hardware and software work, windows may be gone from my hard drive very soon,as the more i use thin the more i like it way to go mint!!  
4 years ago

Nice! This is an excellent user's manual for Mint!  
4 years ago

Been using Linux Mint for 7 months now. It makes Windows look like a dirty laundry.  
4 years ago

Thank you Buddy this should really help me out ...thanks  
4 years ago

Excellent. All basics are explained very well, especially if you're new to Linux OS.  
4 years ago

Very Good! (y)  
4 years ago

Excellent guide for begginers  
4 years ago

New to Linux. Using a full install of Julia on what was a 2 year old Vista laptop. Love it so much I installed Isadora on my netbook via Unetbootin last night and it also was a seamless process. I am head over heels a Linux man now. Still have one Vista desktop in the house as well as an XP desk and a Macbook Pro. I hope to have all the windows machines converted by summer as I build my knowledge base.  
4 years ago

Now, thats what I call a great initiative! Ty good sir.  
4 years ago

Very useful to beginners...  
4 years ago

author of this, god bless you !  
4 years ago

Thanks a lot! :D  
4 years ago

Excellent guide for new users. Very useful and well done.  
5 years ago

Hi I am a new user of LinuxMint. I dont know how to install usb wareless network driver as well as configuring network. Could anyone help me.
Thank You.....
5 years ago

need that  
5 years ago

A very good information. Thanks a lot  
5 years ago

A very informative book,It did give me a hand in understanding Linux. I would highly recommend downloading and reading it BEFORE you tear your hair out.  
5 years ago

Yesterday, I just finished reading the offical guide for Linux mint9, which was really fantanstic and easy to have a basic knowledge of Linux Mint!  
5 years ago

Very nice and very much appreciated  
5 years ago

I can translate the 9.0 User Guide into Romanian. Just let me Know how and where....  
5 years ago

tengo una asus Eeepc 1005h
intale mint9 32B
pero ¿no puedo conestar el internet?
5 years ago

... e la guida per KDE? La guida Gnome è un classico, dove prelevare la guida di Mint 9 KDE italiano? Grazie  
5 years ago

I think this guide is way out of date  
5 years ago


There's a slight error on page 47, paragraph 1 that needs to be addressed.

"Now click on some other part of the document to move the cursor there..."

The mouse buffer will not work in OpenOffice Writer and GEdit once the text loses its highlighting by clicking on another part of the document.
5 years ago

It would be interesting if the Mint handbook could be published in HTML with anchors, so people can easily point to specific parts of the manual. I might give it a shot after we translate the manual to Romanian, in our national community. :)  
5 years ago

@Alexio: Oh, ok :) Thanks, it's fixed now.  
5 years ago

When clicking on the download link there is the message ¨An Error Was Encountered / The URI you submitted has disallowed characters.¨ and the link[removed]void(0) appears in the browser´s address bar.  
5 years ago

RayWoods: Why would you follow such a link? For the links, there's more than one guide and I'm not sure how I'd anchor within the PDF/ODT.  
5 years ago

By the way, I just got ...
An Error Was Encountered

The URI you submitted has disallowed characters.

When I followed the link![removed]void(0)
5 years ago

Hi Clem,
In the table of contents above, would it be possible to make the items live so clicking on them would take you to the relevant section of the guide? (Just like the index works in the PDF version of the Guide.)

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