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On previous versions of Ubuntu I had a menu listing installed applications, sorted by categories.

I never could find anything similar in Unity. The dash never lists any application so I must find the application's executable file in the console and manually make a shortcut.

I never was able to display anything looking like this.

Is there something I missed ? Do I have to install a lens or something ? How do you access the famous "application-lens" ?

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Press Super(windows key) + A to open the Application's Lens or click on 1. as shown here:

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You will see three lists / categories:

  • Recently used
  • All installed
  • Available for download

Click on the second one (2.) and you will see a list with all your installed applications.

Filter them by clicking on Filter results (3.).

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Thanks. Using super+A works. I don't know why but clicking on "1" doesn't work for me (I tried it before). – Denys Séguret Sep 18 '12 at 7:18

If you want something similar to the Applications menu from GNOME, you can type the following in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

It took me a while to find that, and I think it's better than the Unity Dash.

Hope that helps you!!!

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