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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How do I remove the Youtube Unity lens?

I installed the Youtube scope and lens using these commands in terminal: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/lenses sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install yavol scope-youtube Every ...
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Is it possible to set the default lens in Unity?

I am currently using Unity, and finding it on the whole very good. However, the Dash is not particularly useful to me, and I would like to set the default action on pressing the BFB (is it still ...
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Can I change the filter options in the video lens?

Can I change the video options on the new dash menu? To be more precise, on the video file find menu filters, can I Add, Remove or Change what URLs can be include? If so how can I do? For example ...
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How to get Google Drive (Docs) search to work in Unity Dash?

How to get Google Drive (Docs) search to work in Unity Dash? I've added my Google account in the Online Accounts System Settings panel. I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 with the following packages installed: ...
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A “Commands” element appeared in my Unity launcher…what is it?

As you can see, this blank Commands lens is now on my Unity Launcher, without installing any related software. It launches the Run a command dialog (like Alt+F2) but it has no icon...how did it get ...
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How do I package a Unity lens? [duplicate]

I'm new to Ubuntu apps and Launchpad. I've created a Unity lens using Quickly, but I'm stuck on how to deploy it. I have two questions. I can create a .deb file using quickly package, but when I ...
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Using Unity Lenses outside of Unity? [closed]

Unity lenses are becoming more interesting as time goes on, but unfortunately, you can only have its benefits if using a default Unity session. While there are alternatives such as kupfer, or the now ...
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How to activate or use the dictionary lens? [closed]

I've installed dictionary lens package from Precise PPA. But I don't see a dictionary icon at the bottom of the Dash. I see the package installed in Synaptic, but how to activate or use the ...
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Can I arrange the categories in Unity's dash? [closed]

I would like to know if dash supports rearranging the categories that appear when one starts writing something. To be more precise, I would like whatever appears from the ask ubuntu lens to be below ...
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How to remove or uninstall a Unity scope

I intalled the Unity Photo Lens using this commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa && sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unity-lens-photo unity-scope-flickr ...
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How to customize/remove the home lens of the dash?

Question 1) The dash always open on a home (“shortcuts”) tab (“lens“). I don't have any need for it (browser and e-mail client manually installed, no virtual music player, no photo manager…). Is ...
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Can I change from Recent apps to Most frequent apps

I'd like to change the way Unity selects apps for the application lens from "Most recent" to "Most frequent" but I can find no way to do this. What to do? I'm using Ubuntu 12.10
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Can I install the Amazon lens in 12.04?

I want to stay with the LTS release cycle but I would like to support Ubuntu with my Amazon purchases. Is there a way I can install the Amazon lens in 12.04?
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Location of .desktop file of “Application lens” of Unity

I would like to modify QUICKLIST of Unity "Application lens" but I haven't managed to find .desktop file which I could modify. Could you please help me? Screenshot of quicklist of Unity application ...
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How can I install youtube's lens for unity?

the question says it all. I would love to install the youtube lens but I see no trace of it online. The only clue I had was that it was a contributor of OMG Ubuntu in an article from OMG Ubuntu. It ...
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How to integrate the Run command to be a Unity lens?

I want to integrate the run command to be a unity lens so I don't need to press Alt + F2 to run a command. It would then be reachable from dash like any other lens such as file, music, ..
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search through all lenses

Currently I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with some additional lenses. Is it possible to search though all lenses at the same time? For example when I type "Tom" it looks for all calendar events (through ...
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How to change the order of scopes in a lens?

I recently installed 12.04, and have started to to fiddle around with lenses. I've installed two scopes for the music lens: Spotify and Grooveshark. It seems to me that the current scope display ...
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Software Center will not open [closed]

The Software Center will not open from the launcher and I get a segmentation fault when I try to open it from the terminal. 2011-10-18 20:43:45,723 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.em - INFO - EM's: 17 15 ...
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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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Extreme privacy setting in Ubuntu 13.04

Ubuntu is one of the greatest OS that I have ever used. However, I just wonder about the privacy because some of my activity will be sent to Cannonical server. Are there any ways to prevent my data ...
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How to remove “frequently used programs” from menu dash?

How can I remove "frequently used programs" from the menu?
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What is the API for new Lens features in the Ubuntu TV alpha?

As of the Ubuntu 12.04 alpha, lenses are simply lists of results pushed onto a DBus domain like net.launchpad.Lens.MyLens. This makes lenses and scopes more or less equivalent to search engines. ...
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Is there any 'Search Software Center' lens?

in 12.04 i have noted that there is a lens for almost everything, so i was wondering if there is any such lens to search USC and GetDeb, I also wanted to know if there is a lens to search Custom ...
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What's being done to make lenses be easily available to users?

This is not strictly a question and if it does not meet the criteria for entries on AskUbuntu, it should be deleted. However, I have been thinking on this for a while and thought this would be the ...
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Drawer or other organisation for hundreds of scripts in Unity Launcher

I have a large number of .sh scripts for opening ssh connections to various remote machines. These .sh scripts are grouped by staging/test/production/etc In Gnome I had a series of entries in the ...
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My default home lens changed after upgrading. Is that normal?

After I upgraded to 12.04 from 11.10, my Home Lens (the default lens when you press super key) seems broken. It no long shows default six big icons that were there previously in 11.10, but instead ...
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How can I move the Applications and Files & Folders lenses in the launcher?

In the launcher there are two types of launcher items. The default ones in the bottom part of the launcher, such as the Workspace Switcher, Applications lens, Files & Folders lens and Trash, and ...
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How can I get Dash lenses to see files in network shares?

I'd love to get more use out of the Dash files/music/video/photos lenses, but all of my documents and media are on (CIFS) network shares. These shares are always mounted and the files always ...
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Unity Lens not working

I cant get the work. I have installed some unity lens such as the youtube one, askubuntu, torrent, music etc, but they don't work. When I type anything nothing appears. I have tried to un-install ...
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What's the preferred way to distribute self written Unity Lenses?

With gnome-shell there is https://extensions.gnome.org where a developer could easily submit and distribute an self written gnome-shell extension. What's the preferred way with a self written Unity ...
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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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My lenses are missing

This is what my dash currently looks like. I have no clue why the other lenses are not being shown. $ sudo apt-get install unity-lens-friends unity-lens-files unity-lens-help unity-lens-movie ...
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Music Lense not displaying music collection

I removed rhythmbox from 12.04 and now my music lense does not display any of my music. Is there a way to get that back or do I now have a broken lense?
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Video Lens Only Displays up to 100 Local Videos

The video lens only displays 100 of 'My Videos', even though I have hundreds more. If I add more to the folder, that gets displayed, but others are removed. Is there any way to increase the limit, to ...
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How many lenses can the Dash menu handle

I wonder this since there is a max amount of space there. If I install multiple lenses, will it slow down the Dash menu, can I horizontal scroll to see other lenses available?
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Unable to install unity web search lens

I receive this error: unity-place-websearch : Depends: gir1.2-unity-3.0 but it is not installable Using 11.10, here's how to replicate: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cscarney/unity-web-place sudo ...
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Can't get activate_uri signal working when making a lens

I'm trying to develop a lens for unity in ubuntu 11.10 and I can not get activate_uri signal working. This is an extract of my code: def _on_activate_uri (self, scop, uri): print "----> " + ...
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Is there a way to search an MPD library with the music lens?

I use MPD, along with the GUI client Sonata to play all my music. It works quite well, but none of my music shows up in the music lens (since I don't use Banshee or Rhythmbox, it's just empty). Has ...
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Is there a gnote lens for unity available?

Is anybody aware of a unity lens for gnote? Or does anybody know how to tweak the existing unity-lens-tomboy to scan the gnote folder instead of the tomboy folder?
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Application dash as default

When pressing the super button the dash opens. It will always open in the home format. On the bottom you can choose between different lenses, the second one being the application lens with filter ...
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Why does the file lens not search mounted samba shares?

I've got several samba shares mounted in my home directory (mounted with the "mount.cifs" command). I can browse the shares just fine. From Nautilus I can search them just fine. My question is why ...
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Unity Torrents lens not working [closed]

The Unity torrents lens is not working for me. If I select it and search for, say, ubuntu, I do not get any results. Is it not working in general (since pirate bay is down or something) or is this a ...
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Google-search lens for unity [closed]

Is there any google search lens available for unity? If yes how do I install it?
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Create my own unity lens [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I start developing a lens for Unity? Is there any easy way of creating a unity lens without any big programming knowledge? I can code in php, mysql, html and all ...
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Search results in Unity are always empty [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dash search gives no result This is a bit similar to Unity File Lens Giving Useless or No Results but worse - I have a relatively clean install of 11.04, upgraded from ...
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Unity Lenses Missing (files/folders, applications)

The File & Folders lens and default Applications lens is missing from my dock. How can I get them back? I attempted the guide here: ...
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How do I find Unity Lenses?

Is there a way in Ubuntu to find community written Lenses? Something similar to https://extensions.gnome.org/. The Ubuntu Software Center would be a good place in Ubuntu!
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How to configure which lenses appear in the Dash home screen?

I have about 8 lenses installed. Some of them (Everpad, AskUbuntu) I'd like to appear on the Dash home page, and others (Downloads) that are on the home page I would like to not be there. Anyway to ...
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how to use a unity lens without a reboot/logout

How can I use a lens like the unity-news-lens without a reboot or logout?