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first time poster. I have deselected nearly all categories and sources in unity search filter but every time I type something new they are automatically re-enabled (music/amazon/ebay/lots more) I would like my filtering to be permanent (at least until the computer is shut down) as I do not require any of these results

I have searched my problem and not found an answer. I apologise if its already been covered.

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You should be able to turn off Online Scopes in the Privacy Settings. enter image description here

There is a list of the available scopes/lenses here, you should be able to remove them in software centre, or with sudo apt-get remove....

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Thank you I did this from the terminal. finally relevant search results!!!!!!!!!!!!!! do I just tick the answer as accepted? – ihavenoideahowtointernet Dec 20 '13 at 17:52
Seems like you already have... :-) – Wilf Dec 20 '13 at 18:09
Is this a bug, or was the dash designed to have dynamic filters that you can't set permanently while including Online sources? If the latter, then that's a rather big thorn-in-the-side to those who want to "set it and forget it" in regards to their search filters. – Jesse Jul 7 '14 at 4:13
There have been questions like this in the past - e.g.… - It sadly seems currently not possible, but might make an incredibly popular feature request. – Wilf Jul 7 '14 at 4:19

For 14.04: you can do this from the desktop.

Open dash --> Applications tab (on bottom of dash, second icon) --> Filter results --> Type --> Dash Plugins

Click on the plugin and select disable.

I learned this from:

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wow!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!! I would never imagine that, is so NON-INTUITIVE... thx!!! :D, finally my dash app search is fast for the first time ever! I disabled the "Files & Folders" one!! :D – Aquarius Power Dec 11 '14 at 15:29

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