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I would like to change the default Dash opening screen from shortcuts (the "Home" page) to the Applications lens. Or at least to rebind the super key to achieve that effect.

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This is not possible in Unity, however, starting with 12.04, if you select a lens, that will be the lens that is shown every time you open the Dash (in the state you left it in), until you log out or restart.

Update:

While that was the intended behaviour, it does not work.

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Man I wish that was true! The lenses retain state, but Dash always opens to the home page -- see here: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/946019 I created a bug, which was marked invalid because I was told to create a Brainstorm idea. So I did, but that idea was marked as not-an-idea, because people are not permitted to make suggestions regarding Unity there. Apparently, we have to go directly to the Atyana folks...so I tried that and they said they're not taking general input from people unless a launchpad issue has been filed. OMFG!!! –  HDave Sep 28 '12 at 21:19
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