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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Unity calendar lens not showing events

I'm trying to get proper/useful calendar integration into Ubuntu 12.04. I have a Google Calendar (& account) and I want to be able to use this without opening the browser. I want to get the Unity ...
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How can I get local files to appear in unity lenses?

Perhaps I've mis-understood how the lenses are meant to work, but I find that local files or folders never show up in any of the lenses unless I've previously opened them. This is true for the file ...
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Lenses don't show up in the Dash

I have Ubuntu 11.10 (Oct, 2011). I never use Unity-2d. I downloaded various Lenses from the Software Center. Then I restarted the system. But I don't see any differences! What do I have to do?
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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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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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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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Easy tutorial to create Unity Lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I start developing a lens for Unity? Okay, I have been researching all day and night about creating a Unity Lens. Unfortunately, I ended up for nothing. I found ...
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Search for videos outside “My Videos” folder using Video lens

My remote scope for the video lens has the following: YouTube Movies TED Talks ??some chinese characters?? Encuentro RTVE 3sat Mediathek YouTube Education VODO SCI-FI London YouTube Shows Vimeo Bing ...
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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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The video lens in unity is not showing up

I recently upgraded from ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04 lts. the unity launcher dosent show the video lens.
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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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I can't upgrade from 12.04 beta2 to 12.04 final, neither install any lens

In both cases, after adding the repos (for lens), and updating, when I try install them or to upgrade ubuntu I get a similar message: W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ...
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Hiding Files From Dash Search [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I keep recent files from appearing in Unity? I have images and videos that I want to have hidden from the Files and videos lens searches in my dash. (Nothing ...
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How can I change the keyboard shortcut to switch lenses?

The keyboard shortcut to change lenses in 12.04 has changed from being Tab to being: Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab. As answered in this question: Keyboard shortcut for switching lenses I can see that ...
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After upgrading to 12.04, installing Rhythmbox and uninstalling Banshee music lens doesn't open any audio

I can search in music, but when i click at any icon in music lens or in music scope for home lens, it does nothing and don't disappears. But i still can open music files from files lens or from ...
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Is there an Amarok scope for the music lens?

I'm searching for an amarok scope for the music lens for a while now but could not find anything, not even a project. Anybody got something working? I use amarok as i love the dynamic play lists and ...
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Ubuntu “Fonts” Lense?

I use a lot of Ubuntu-Versions with Unity. I have a question about the Lense-Type "Fonds"? There are no "Apps Available for Download" in the Ubuntu Software Center. Which benefit brings this ...
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scope-contacts-google and unity-scope-spotify is missing packages which won't be installed

When I try to install scope-contacts-google and unity-scope-spotify, it says that is misses gir1.2-dee-0.5 for google gir1.2-unity-4.0 and gir1.2-dee-0.5 for spotify. When I try to install these ...
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How do I compile a Wikipedia lens and install?

I read a tutorial about how to compile and install a Wikipedia lens, but it didn't work. The tutorial sounds easy - i just copied and pasted to the file that was suppose to edit. I have tried some ...
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How to uninstall the Youtube lens?

Original title: Well, I installed a lens for Youtube and cant figure out how to uninstall it. I do not exactly which site I used to install the script for the Youtube lens, but I cannot get it to ...
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Keyboard shortcut for switching lenses

It used to be that I could switch to another lens by using the Tab button in 11.10 but it seems that the key has been mapped to focusing different sections of the same lens in 12.04. Is there a new ...
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How to let Ubuntu index and find files on a different (Windows) drive when searching?

I love the Unity dash and lenses, but it only finds files that are under /home/mylogin I would like it to find files that are under /media/MyWindowsDrive/Users/MyWinLogin I tried creating a link to ...
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Help with creating my own lens [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I start developing a lens for Unity? I wanna create my first unity lens, but i don't know how it works, i have been trying to follow this tutorial ...
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Can I assign custom keyboard shortcuts to custom (non-default) unity lenses?

I installed the recoller lense ( http://www.webupd8.org/2012/03/recoll-lens-full-text-search-unity-lens.html ) and now finally have fulltext search in dash. File lense is opened with super+F, music ...
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Video lens missing after upgrade to 12.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The video lens in unity is not showing up I did an upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04 and after this process I saw that the dash was missing my lens for movies and online TV ...
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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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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 disable lenses in the in the Dash menu?

How can I disable some lenses in the Dash menu?
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How to write a simple scope for a Unity lens? [duplicate]

I am looking for a tutorial on writing a scope for simple search from a website. The tutorial at Ubuntu wiki is very complex. If somebody can explain me the steps to write a scope in a simplest way, ...
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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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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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How to fix VLC not recognizing the input format from YouTube Lens?

I have Ubuntu 11.10 and VLC 1.1.12. When I click on a video result in the lens, it opens VLC and I get the following error: VLC can't recognize the input's format: The format of ...
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How can sort Youtube lens results relevance? [closed]

How can I set the Youtube lens to sort by relevance (or other criteria) by default? I'm talking about the Youtube lens explored in this omgubuntu.co.uk article.
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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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How to remove “frequently used programs” from menu dash?

How can I remove "frequently used programs" from the menu?
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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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Does Unity 2d support lenses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would a Unity lens written for Unity 3D also work in Unity 2D? Does Unity 2d support lenses and scopes? If not, are there any plans to support them in the future?
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how to hide specific lens from search results

I want to be able to hide some search results from Dash and only show them when I click on that particular lens. For example, I want to hide Gwibber posts from the general search results (when the ...
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What qualifies an application as frequently used?

I am aware that something called Zeitgeist is used to determine the "Most Frequently Used" part of the unity dashboard, but i was wondering what the specifics where. I know the amount of applications ...
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Can a Unity Dash display be made persistent

Is it possible to make a Dash display persistent ?. Often it is necessary to look at several of the listed results, when an item is selected the dash disappears and this requires repeating the dash ...
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Creating a Unity Lens: The name `Activation' does not exist in the context of `Unity'

I'm trying to create a Lens for Unity in 11.10 using vala. This is my daemon.vala: using Dee; using Gee; namespace PidginLens { public class Daemon : GLib.Object, Unity.Activation { ...
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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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Changing the Dash button to open a lens rather than shortcuts?

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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Does the Reddit lens work with 11.10?

I've seen that I can install a lens for Reddit, but it was for Ubuntu 11.04. How is it working on Ubuntu 11.10?
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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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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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Reconfiguring the music lens for Audacious

As much as I love Banshee for managing my library, its a bit slow (on my laptop) to use as a media player when I just fancy listening to a song and it also lacks the plugins for enhancing the sound ...
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How do I make lens filters work?

I have created an RSS feed lens based on unity-lens-python, but I cannot get the filters to work. I've also tried the original unity-lens-python and the filter does not work in that lens either. My ...
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How do you remove unity lenses?

I installed a unity lens on 11.10 that showed the firefox bookmarks. I don't want it anymore, but I can't figure out how to get rid of it. How can I get rid of 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 ...