Still using Mint
Instead of trying to explain I tell you what happened.
Tried to use the package manager before I did the initial updates to install teamviewer... it was a pretty automated procedure... other than go to the website I only had to click yes a couple times. The program did not seem to want to install so I cancelled the process and did the many initial updates instead.
After the updates I went back to the team website and downloaded again except this time it only downed the deb file and didn't try to install. I tried a second time and the same thing happened. Then I rummaged around in a few folders and couldn't find the downloaded deb files anywhere.
Normally for something this minor I would just do a google search but this forum has a reputation system based on the helpfulness of a members posts so I figured it would be beneficial for people less noobish than me but still not gurus. Z/Z