Lenses are elements of the Unity Dash that provide a UI to search both the web and application data. If you have a question related to a specific lens included by default, please use its tag instead.

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Restarting the Unity file search service

Sometimes the file search lens fails to respond to a query and just shows a list of recently accessed files. I've tried killing unity or unity-files-daemon, which respawned but did not fix the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04, video searching settings

When I do the computer search, there are seven options: The house looking thing, that "searches your computer and online resources". Subcategories in this include 'Applications' and 'Files and ...
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Auto clear search term from lens

There must be a setting or a shell script that would clear the terms from the lens every time it's closed. The behaviour would be: open lens and type a term. reopen the lens with super key. see ...
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How do I use unity scopes/lenses?

Let's be specific with a few scenarios. Scenario 1) Disable a lens PERMANENTLY I search for a file on my computer in unity. Instead a bunch of ads for CDs come up. Obviously that makes no sense. How ...
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Unity lenses - can I make the icons smaller

They are pretty big, which is a problem when many results are found. Unfortunately, they don't respond to the launcher's icon resizing. Are they configurable in .dconf or anywhere?
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Unity lens - what is 'locked-scopes'

Pulling up the .dconf editor GUI, under unity/lenses, there is the 'locked-scopes' field. What does it do?
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How to keep search value in unity dashboard during changing lenses?

If I go to the unity dashboard and search for something, the search value is not available on other lenses.
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Dash not working properly after Zeitgeist log cleared on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

Yesterday I cleared Zeitgeist log from last week using System Settings-Privacy-Clear Usage Data and after that Home lens no longer works properly. It does not show applications which were recently ...
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No applications found in the Dash Home

Running 12.04: When I go to the Dash Home, it shows no applications, anywhere, including the Applications lens. I would include a screenshot, but I apparently need at least 10 reputation in order to ...
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dash doesn't show askubuntu search results on 14.04

Unfortunatly I get no search results from askubuntu, although it should be integrated in unity-scope-home. Could anybody explain how to reconfigure the dash to get it working? I tried reinstalling ...
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Installed everpad, but lenses doesn't work

I installed everpad through the nvbn-rm ppa (https://launchpad.net/~nvbn-rm/+archive/ubuntu/ppa) apparently everything works well except the unity integration with the everpad-lenses, it doesn't show ...
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How can I disable all dash plugins except a select few at once? [duplicate]

My Dash is extremely slow and I came here looking for a solution. I found this answer: You can disable individual scopes in the Dash Plugins section of Applications Lens. Ubuntu 13.10 (or 14.04 in ...
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Dash lens does not search general stuff

I don't know why, but my dash lens does not search general stuff like Editor, Libre Office , etc I also don't know how to open these stuff without dash lens!
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How do you add The Pirate Bay scope?

So, I've installed unity-scope-piratebay, but it doesn't work in 14.04. unity-lens-torrents is not published for trusty and even after installing from a .deb file it doesn't work. There is no lens and ...
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Unity Lens Google Chrome Icon Will Not Go Away

I was watching a youtube video, and quit chrome. For some reason, chrome saved itself as the youtube video name as in instead of Google Chrome, it is saved on the unity lens as "Three Main reasons War ...
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Photo lens only searches one subfolder

On my computer (running Ubuntu 14.04) Unity's photo lens only searches one subfolder of my Pictures folder. The strange thing is that there is nothing special about that folder. My photos are ...
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Set Ubuntu 12.04 Dash's default lens to its application lens and some other tweaks!

Here are the questions about persistent dash customization for my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Assign the Application Lens as the default lens selected when the dash is called with Super or other assigned key ...
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Does lens exist in Ubuntu14.04?

When I import 'Lens' from 'gi.repository' in Python, it shows that the Lens doesn't exist, as well as 'Scope'. But 'SimpleScope' exist. Is there any structural changing between Ubuntu 14.04 and ...
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Tomboy notes aren't searchable from Dash

I installed Tomboy and created an example note. Trying to search both the title (first line) and the content didn't give any results. I was expecting the notes to show up after searching for them, ...
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Adding lenses and scopes to Unity in Ubuntu 14.04

Ok, so I've recently gone through this post, and want to add some of the scopes mentioned there. I wanted to add the scope for Wikipedia, so I used the following code : sudo add-apt-repository ...
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14.04 Cannot remove lenses

I want to remove photo, video and music lenses from the dash, in 12.04 was enough to purge the unity-lens-whatever but in 14.04 this trick doesn't do the job, neither remove the scopes. Ideas? ...
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How to disable Amazon lense in 14.04? [duplicate]

I have googled this. Everyone is talking about unity-lens-shopping package, but I don't have it. I also can't find any package for Amazon whatsoever. How can I get rid of Amazon and other shopping ...
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Unity Academic lens?

I found this old article to add an academic lens to Unity. I thought the idea was great, gave it a try, but it does not work. E: Unable to locate package unity-lens-academic E: Unable to locate ...
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Cannot access installed applications from HUD

I was trying to get rid of dash plugins within the search, so I created & copied a list of my scopes and used: gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "[$(find ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Custom Unity Lenses don't appear in the dash

I have Ubuntu 14.04 and I have installed custom unity lenses, the pirate bay torrent lens for example, but they aren't appearing in the dash. I have logged out and back in, and I have rebooted the ...
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Can't create Unity lens with Ubuntu 14.04

I want create a Unity lens, I follow this exemple : http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/04/how-to-create-a-wikipedia-unity-lens-for-ubuntu/ I use : quickly create unity-lens wikipedia When I try : ...
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Help for a Linux newbie [duplicate]

What are "lenses?" I keep seeing the term in comments by people who have been around Linux forever, but it does not appear in any of the legends on the Ubuntu desktop. And now you people are driving ...
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Unity Dash Does not Shows any Applications. Searching Applications for ever

I installed the day before a set of packages for GCC-4.8.2 compiled on my machine Ubuntu 12.04. After the installation of the 52 packages I got some broken dependencies with i386 libraries ...
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Unity application lens removed, no local apps now

I was removing all of the Unity web result lenses, and somehow I've now got no local app results. This is what I did to remove them: sudo apt-get purge unity-lens-music sudo apt-get purge ...
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App, Home lenses not working

I've read every possible forum on this topic, however none of them seem to work. I have ubuntu 13.10 and i installed gnome 3.10 on it despite the warnings, it was badly incomplete and so i first ...
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Some smart scopes not working

In addition to one of my questions here on this site, I discovered that a lot of my enabled smart scopes do not work in Ubuntu 13.10. For example Zotero, almost all music lenses except banshee etc... ...
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Video Lens Problem Ubuntu 13.10

I have installed Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy), 64 bit version. I have about 120 videos on my drive of various formats (mpeg, avi, wmv, flv, swf, mp4, etc.). They are imported into Shotwell (along with a ...
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How to change the search statements in Unity scopes?

When you open unity lenses you will see a Search ... in the search field. For example application lens you will find Search Applications in the search field in the lens. Note the image... What i ...
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Suppressing suggest application in lens [duplicate]

When I use the lens to run the calculator (which if often), I can't type just 'calc[enter]' (which is what my muscle memory does), I have to type 'calcu[enter]' otherwise LibreOffice Calc starts. How ...
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Where should I put my photos so that they are visible in Unity's photo lens?

I have many pictures but for instance put in ~/Dropbox/Photos and they are not detected by unity's photo lens. I have even tried putting some of them in ~/Pictures but still no Pictures in the lens. ...
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Keep Smart Scopes settings set

I recently upgraded to 13.10 Saucy Salamander and as most of us know, it is the first Ubuntu version to truly use Smart Scopes. While this is useful and I do like parts of it, I don't want all of the ...
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Getting an error while installing calculator lens

This is the error I get every time I try installing calculator lens yash@yash-desktop:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa [sudo] password for yash: Sorry, try again. [sudo] password ...
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How to get the list of Dash search plugins (scopes) in command line?

I am going to disable all or some of Dash search plugins (scopes). I can do it in Dash GUI one by one (see http://askubuntu.com/a/355523/103599) but it seems to me unpractical as there are 56 plugins ...
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How to restore online searches in unity after running commands in fixubuntu

I run commands in fixubuntu.com to get rid of online searches but now I would like them back but can't find a way to reactivate them. I tried reinstalling unity-scope-home and unity-lense-applications ...
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Lost settings menu and unity lenses after uninstalling Gnome 3

I installed gnome 3 in Ubuntu 13.10- I later decided to remove it. Now Everything has gone. When I right click the desktop I can't access the settings and all the unity lenses are missing apart from ...
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Got Everpad Installed and working - Alas cannot search in dash

I got Everpad installed and syncing, however everpad lens does appear in the dash. Therefore I am unable to search my note. Using Ubuntu 13.10 and Everpad (version: 2.5 API version: 6 Schema version: ...
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The little search thing wont work anymore

I never had a problem with this before but today when I tried to use that app, the one that says "Search your computer and online sources" when you hover over it, it wont find ANYTHING useful. It wont ...
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torrent lens not working

I have just installed the torrent lens on ubuntu 12.04 and it returns no matches for any keyword. I may have installed it incorrectly, but how can I check? i am new to Ubuntu and linux, only having ...
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Lenses are missing after upgrading to 13.10 [duplicate]

After upgrading from 13.04 to 13.10 all unity dash lenses except for social networks are missing. See the screen-shot here: I tried purging and reinstalling but didn't help.
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Unable to remove some unity lenses

I removed the files, video, photos and friends lenses with the following command. sudo apt-get purge unity-lens-files unity-lens-video unity-lens-photos unity-lens-friends Although the ...
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After upgrading to 13.10, no applications are visible in the application lens

I upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10 and now all icons in the application lens are gone. This is what I tried so far: apt-get install --reinstall unity-lens-applications unity --replace and unity ...
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How do I remove only shopping searches?

I have a brand new 13.10 install and I want all this shopping spyware nonsense gone. Searching for "Ubuntu shopping spyware nonsense" led me to apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping but I don't actually ...
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Why is Amazon Lens on by default?

Why by default? And how do we get Canonical to listen to it's users/customers? I wanted to start programming and contributing to Ubuntu on the user friendly side of things but I just can't get past ...
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how to use unity-scope-sshsearch?

I used unity-lens-sshsearch on 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04. But after upgrading to 13.10 it's not working any more. (Super+H does nothing) As the lens package is not available on 13.10 I installed ...
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How can I search manpages in 13.10’s dash?

In 13.10, there is no dedicated help lens. In 13.04, it was the place for docs like yelp, manpages or texinfo. However, there is a manpage scope in the dash, and it is activated. But when I search ...