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I've looked fairly extensively, so I hope this isn't a duplicate.

I'm wondering how to disable the Dash search from searching for individual files; I am fine with searching for folders and applications, but searching for individual files in the dash can be obnoxious sometimes.

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Install Unsettings. Go to Dash tab and turn off Search all files.

Unfortunately Unsettings is not available in Software Center. You will have to add PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unsettings

Full review on OMGU.

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E: Unable to locate package unsettings ... :-( – Ionică Bizău May 12 '14 at 11:58
Nowadays Unity Tweak Tool should do the work. – Goran Miskovic May 15 '14 at 10:44

As proposed by schkovich in his comment:

Use Unity Tweak Tool:

Open using starter after installation, choose "Search", and disable all sources you do not want.

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