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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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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Installation of the unity stock ticker lens failed

The following packages have unmet dependencies: unity-stock-ticker-lens : Depends: python-unity-singlet (>= 0.3) but it is not going to be installed E: Unable to correct problems, you have held ...
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Maximum number of lenses displayable in Ubuntu 12.10?

What is the maximum number of lens the heads up display will shown in Ubuntu 12.10? I would like to know, and I am sure other would as well. I don't want to install more than allowable or usable.
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How to Tell Dash to look for music on other NTFS partitions?

All my songs and videos are present in NTFS partition, as a result whenever i search for music in dash it results nothing. So how do i tell dash to look for content in specific folder rather than ...
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customizing scopes/lenses?

In the video scopes it shows 2 of my movies in my ~/Videos/Movies(/Media/Videos/Movies) folder. When I have some 20 movies in there. The scope wont show my TV shows either under ~/Videos/TV_Shows/. I ...
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After removing smart scopes Unity with Active Blur becomes very slow

Before testing smart scopes my computer ran Unity perfectly. The dash opened instantly when either pressing the super key or clicking the icon. I tried out smart scopes and attempted to use it but ...
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What do the listed unity lenses do?

Ubuntu 12.04 synaptic package manager shows these unity lenses: unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files unity-lens-music unity-lens-video What do the lenses do? And do they send dash searches or ...
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Unity lens to search for tags

I want to develop a dash lens to search files by tags (the ones that are set through Nautilus). I know on the one hand this program, that does the search: ...
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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu dash not searching for files

i've just installed Ubuntu 12.10 and i've found that in the dash i can't look for files that i haven't opened yet, eg: I have a huge collection of pdf files and when i look for them on the dash i can ...
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How do I install unity-lens-shopping?

I am trying to install the unity-lens-shopping app. I've downloaded unity-lens-shopping-6.8.0. When I ran ./configure the first time it complained I did not have the valac compiler. I went to the ...
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Can the Unity File Lens display detailed file information?

Is it possible to make Unity File Lens to display synthetic information about the files recalled by a search? It would be very useful, for example, if it could display the location, the size and the ...
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Problem With Application Lens

I have recently upgraded to 12.04 and the application lens is intermittently appearing in the dash. When it doesn't appear any programs don't appear when searching for them. However the icon for the ...
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What is source of local videos for unity video lens?

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04. I tried to use unity music, photos and video lenses. Music and photo lenses doesn't show any result. I found that it is because it depends upon rhythmbox and shotwell ...
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Youtube Unity Lens Returns No Results On 12.10

I'm having trouble with getting access to Youtube's content via the Unity lens. I thought it was my computer's proxy problem in general, however Wikipedia and Ask Ubuntu lenses both are able to ...
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Music lens does not play music through default music player

I have set Rhythmbox as my default music player through System Settings > Details, but when I browse and play music from the Unity dash, Banshee opens up and plays the music. How can I have Rhythmbox ...
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unity-lens-music takes long time to retrieve information from hdd

Everytime I open the dash and go to the music lens to search for a specific title, it takes quite a while till any titles are displayed and I can hear my hdd working during the process. I didn't copy ...
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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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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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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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What lenses for Unity on Ubuntu 13.10 are available?

Since a lot has changed since this question was asked: What lenses for Unity are available? and many of these lenses are not compatible with latest version 13.10. I believe many of us would like to ...
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“unity-lens-photos” and “unity-lens-applications” don't show search results. Ubuntu 13.10

New version Unity is so bugy for me. Sometimes HUD don't show me apps and I can't search in “unity-lens-photos”. There are no photos currlently available on this computer. I have meny images, photos ...
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How to install Unity Lenses manually?

So yesterday I installed Ubuntu 12.04 and I wanted to know how to install some Lenses manually! Thank you for your time!
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What's “Unity.LayoutHint” intended for?

I currently write my own lense in python (Ubuntu 13.4) using singlet. In the api documentation, there is a Unity.LayoutHint (View), which is used by Unity.PreviewAction (View). I don't see any change ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Unity Social Lens Not Showing Anything

My Unity social lens is empty. I've enabled social networking in my online accounts. I've installed the Friends Twitter client, which is working fine. Anyone any ideas?
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Integrate network shares in lens results

I have movies, music and photos on a NAS that I have permanently mounted through /etc/fstab. I noticed when I go into the launcher and click on any of the music, photo and video lens, the results do ...
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How to activate my lens on Quantal?

How to enable/activate any unity lens on Quantal? I installed many unity lens on Quantal, using the following command, but none is active on dash. sudo apt-get install unity-lens-wikipedia sudo ...
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“Dead” shortcuts in Installed Application lens

I installed some programs using Wine, so I could get the hang of how Wine works, I then uninstalled the programs, but I now have "dead" generic "toolbox" icons left in the Installed Applications lens. ...
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How to limit Gwibber and Gwibber Lens messages

The number of messages both in Gwibber and also in the Gwibber Lens (I guess it is the same) in 12.10 are growing and growing (> 900). How can I limit the number of displayed messages? No, I don't ...
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Can you create a scope for a non-singlet lens using singlet?

If there is a lens that I would like to write a scope for, but it is NOT built with singlet, can I write the scope using singlet?
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how to have youtube-videos from the videos lens open in minitube

Since the standard installed video-lens in 12.04 also covers youtube, the youtube-lens seems obsolete. However, the programme that connects the youtube lens with minitube (scope-youtube) doesn't seem ...
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Cannot run the Unity 8 openclipart scope example

Following the instructions of this page, I have installed the Ubuntu SDK and downloaded the tutorials source code. The openclipart scope builds correctly, but I have a runtime error: $ ...
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Set Ubuntu 12.04 Dash's default lens to its application lens and some other tweaks!

I found this link on unity configuration, used some, but still some desired tweaks remain. Here are the questions about persistent dash customization for my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Assign the Application ...
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How to disable Amazon lense in 14.04?

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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Music lens ignores file assocations in 12.04

I've tried various tools, including Unity Tweak, file properties, and Details>Default Applications to assign all audio files to deadbeef, but the music lens stubbornly continues to open songs with ...
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unity-scope-clementine showing songs which no longer exist

I've recently backed up some of my music collection which I don't listen to regularly to an external HD and deleted them from my internal HD. For some reason these songs are still listed as part of ...
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Can I change the keyboard shortcut for opening the application lens?

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 and I am liking the lens options. However, super+a is a little uncomfortable for me when doing something as common as opening an application. Is there any way I can ...
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How to search within my Zotero library from the Dash using smart scopes (Ubuntu 13.10)

I assumed that the smart scopes Zotero plugin would allow me to search files from my library in the Dash. However, I am not able to get any results when selecting the Zotero plugin in the filter ...
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How to get Unity App lens to show history?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04.03 64bit , all updates. My Unity app lens suddenly doesn't show my history of apps used when I open it. It always worked fine , and all of a sudden from today it doesn't show ...
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Cities lens not working

I installed cities lens. ubuntu software center also shows it as installed. But when I type a city in ubuntu dash it is result less. Moreover I cant see any extra lens at the bottom of dash after ...
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How do I get something similar to SSH lens in 13.04?

My new job requires me to use multiple servers via SSH, and I'd like to have an user friendly interface to do so, mainly so I won't need to memorize IP adresses. The SSH lens would be perfect but it ...
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3rd party Lenses not working Ubuntu 12.04 lts

I have tried everything I can think of. The Wikipedia, pirate bay, and AskUbuntu lens aren't working they Install just fine, and I can see them, but I can't search for anything. This is a clean ...
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Applications showing as “Commands” in Dash

When searching in the dash, Applications show under a "Commands" heading. This would normally be okay but it means that they display below Files and Photos etc. See picture below. How do I fix this?
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Is there a websearch lense for ubuntu 12.10?

I found a websearch lense before , but it wasn't available for Ubuntu 12.10 so, Is there a websearch lense for ubuntu 12.10 ?
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THIS .. doesnt work: install per terminal with prefix

There's a wiki to install Unity lens named unity-bliss. First download the latest lens package from the project launchpad page (by clicking on the green button to the right). Move this package to ...