How To Use Linux Mint

Linux Mint is a popular choice of operating system for those who are looking for a free and open-source alternative to Windows or Mac. This beginner-friendly platform is easy to use, with a comfortable user interface and a robust suite of applications. If you’re new to Linux Mint, this blog will guide you on how to utilize this powerful OS.


First, we need to install Linux Mint. You can download the latest version of Linux Mint from its official website. Burn the downloaded .iso file into a DVD or create a bootable USB drive. Remember to backup your data before proceeding with the installation.

Boot and Install

Restart your computer and boot from the USB drive or DVD. You will see a Grub screen, choose Start Linux Mint and hit Enter. After booting you will see the Linux Mint desktop, double click on Install Linux Mint icon.

The Home Screen

After successful installation, you will be greeted with the Linux Mint home screen. It has a clean, modern look, with an easy-to-navigate layout. The taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen, which holds the menu, quick launch icons, and the system tray.

Navigating the Menu

The main menu is the primary way you will navigate your applications on Linux Mint. In the lower-left corner, click on the ‘Menu’ button to access your installed applications, system settings, and power options.

Installing Applications

Linux Mint comes with a powerful tool for installing applications – the Software Manager. You can access it from the main menu. Type in the name of the application in the search bar and click Install to download and setup the application.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install {application-name}

Replace {application-name} with the name of the application you want to install.

Managing Files

Linux Mint has a user-friendly file manager called Nemo. You can find it in the Menu under Files. It allows you to view, search, and organize your files and folders. You can also connect to remote servers and access network locations.

System Settings

The System Settings menu is where you can adjust the look and feel, hardware settings, and system settings. It features a simple interface, making it easy for beginners to navigate and adjust their system to their liking.


Linux Mint is a beginner-friendly and powerful operating system. With its easy-to-use interface and robust application library, it’s a great alternative to other more popular operating systems. This guide should help you get started with Linux Mint, but remember, the best way to learn is by exploring and experimenting!