Finding Software For Linux Mint
You can use the software category icons to navigate to the packages you want by clicking on them. Under each selection you can see how many packages are available for that category.
NEW FOR LINUX MINT 10: Users can now see sub categories under several of the primary categories. you can see the new Software Manager sub cateogries at the top of the screenshot below.
Another way to find software is to use the search field in the top right of the Software Manager window. Here you can search through the software available for Linux Mint. If you want to expand what areas are being searched, select Edit --- Preferences and turn on Search in summary or description. This returns a better broader selection of results but takes longer to load after searching.
Installing New Software on Linux Mint
After finding a software package you want to install on Linux Mint, select a package and you'll see details about the software. Click on the green Install button in the top right.
The software will be installed in the background and you can watch its progress across the bottom of the Software Manager window.
After the software is installed it should be available inside of the Linux Mint main menu.
Removing Old Software From Linux Mint
If you want to remove a piece of software for one reason or another, open the Software Manager and search for a package using the field in the top right or by clicking the categories. When you select a package that's already installed you should find a green remove button in the top right. This changes to a Remove button from Install after the package is installed.
After you click Remove it will be removed in the background.