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Are there any keyboard shortcuts for opening/using the filter on the unity dash? This is in 11.10 in case that makes a difference.

There's nothing listed on the list of shortcuts question.

Using the search functionality is not good enough as (for example) not all games show up if you type "games" into the search box.

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There are no shortcut keys for the filters, otherwise they would be listed in the question you linked.

You can however file a wishlist bug asking for the feature to be considered:

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OK. I've filed a bug about it. – Nigel Hawkins Mar 10 '12 at 17:12

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