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Is there a way to collapse the icon area of the Dash, so that I just see the search bar?

I'm pretty sure I was able to do this in 11.04. I remember having it set up so that I would only see the search bar when dash was open. I think there may have been a drop-down button to collapse it.

But I no longer see this in 11.10. Am I crazy or was this feature removed? Can I get it back? I never use the icon area at all (or the lenses for that matter) and would like to hide or disable them.

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This is a regression from 11.04, I hope to see it fixed in 12.04:

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