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Application lenses seem to be ordered alphabetically by default:

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From left to right: dash home --> applications --> extras-unity-lens-wikipedia --> files --> music --> recoll --> video

Is there any way you can change this order? Perhaps by modifying the .lens files in /usr/share/unity/lenses?

I'd rather hear from someone who has done this already before messing around on my own.

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if they do load alphabetically, you might be able to rename the folders that house lenses to 00-application.lens 10-music.lens 20-files.lens. if it works let me know and i'll add in some details and flesh it out as an answer. – RobotHumans Sep 24 '12 at 8:27
Thank you for the offer. I did some trial runs and it's almost like you said. I compiled an answer with the details. – Glutanimate Sep 24 '12 at 12:54
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Aking 1012 was right, almost. You have to change both the folder name and the .lens name in the folder for the change to take effect.

Head to /usr/share/unity/lenses:

gksu nautilus /usr/share/unity/lenses

Rename both the lens folder and the .lens file to change their alphabetical order, e.g.:

recoll --> yrecoll


recoll.lens --> yrecoll.lens

I found that editing the default lenses was quite buggy and resulted in some scopes being disabled. That's why I settled for editing my custom lenses only. This is the result for yrecoll and zwikipedia:

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You can change dconf settings to re-order the lenses.

In the dash open dconf-editor.

Then, go to com>caconical>unity>dash. Change the value of the key "home-lens-ordering" to the specific order you want.

I do not recommend changing folder/.lens name since whenever that specific lens calls the configuration file, it will not find it!

Hope this helps.

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Thank you for this answer. I am glad to see that a more sane ordering method has been implemented. I take it you are running Ubuntu 12.10/13.04? On 12.04 there is no -->unity-->dash key as far as I can see. – Glutanimate May 5 '13 at 12:50

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