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Ubuntu 13.04 (though had the same issue in both 12.04 LTS and 12.10). Unity desktop (yes I like it, shush).

Anyways, when clicking on the dashboard there is a tab for 'Files and Folders'. I don't have any files on this computer that isn't porn. In other words, it displays the images there (as it's supposed to), but I can't have it displaying the porn for obvious reasons. I have disabled 'recent activity' and even added the folder it's all in to the 'do not record activity in the following folders'. I'm assuming that works but as I don't actually have any other files, it still displays them.

I don't want to have to make it a hidden folder because it's on an external HDD and causes issues when moving from computer to computer (I have other movies on it as well).

TL;DR: Get rid of the 'Files and Folders' tab in the dashboard. Is it possible?

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You can uninstall files and app lenses using following command

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-Files

But uninstalling will loose the functionality completely. You can temporary disable any lenses using lenstoggler. Unfortunately it is only available for 12.04 via ppa.

You can download the package and give a try. It should work

Details of lens toggle

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