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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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 ...
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Alternative to Unity Web Search Lens

This lens stopped working in Ubuntu 11.10. Does anyone know of any alternatives that work in Ubuntu 11.10? This is a useful lens that I miss having in Ubuntu 11.04.
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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 I have rhythmbox integration on dash in 11.10?

Dash in 11.10 version uses banshee music database for searching music in the music lens. Can I do sth similar with Rhythmbox?
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Can I reorder an application search result?

I want to open "LibreOffice Calc" and type in "Cal" in the search bar. I can see Calculator and LibreOffice Calc. Now I could use cursor keys or mouse to select LibreOffice Calc. But this is not what ...
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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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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 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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Why i can't see my recent documents and recent applications in unity? [closed]

In files and applications lenses don't displaying recent items. I've installed Ubuntu 64bit and restored backup from my earlier install (32bit version). Maybe I need to set permission to some files? ...
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Any news about a Grooveshark scope for the Music lens?

It would be fantastic to have the ability to search for and select music from my Grooveshark account right there within the Dash. I was under the impression this scope would be created during the ...
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Is it possible to programmatically call, access, or get results from the Unity Dash?

Background After eyeing Unity's notification APIs for the past few releases, I've developed an itch to write a feed reader that syndicates new arrivals in the Messaging Menu... ... and provides ...
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How do I disable the “Available for purchase” list on the Music lens?

I have no intentions in buying music, so I would like to disable it!
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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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Are there any lenses for empathy or pidgin?

I see gwibber lenses, is there anything for empathy or pidgin? For search my contacts, open tab chat or others..
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How to add lenses to the launcher?

Can someone tell me how to add the More Apps and Find Files button to the Ubuntu 11.10 Launch bar? They were both in the Dash Home and the Launch bar in version 11.04. Now it's not in the 11.10 by ...
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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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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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Is there an Ask Ubuntu lens available for 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install the Ask Ubuntu Unity Lens, and how do I use it? I have been searching around for an Ask Ubuntu lens recently that's compatible with 11.10. Could ...
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How to make changes in xdg-user-dirs.dirs have effect in files lens?

I've changed some favourite folder locations in ~/.config/xdg-user-dirs.dirs, since I prefer different locations for Music and Pictures folder, and nautilus recognized the changes. However the Unity ...
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How to create a new dash panel for my program?

I am developing a new AI chatbot assistant that i want to embed in the dash menu panel in unity. where do i go into the .* files to edit / create this? also can i code menus in python at all? ...
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File lens doesn't display any files until after opening it the first time

I'm running the final, 64-bit version of 11.10 on my Sony Vaio and the files lens, when first clicked, does not display any files. Only after about five minutes when I check back after opening it the ...
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What are differences between a lens and scope?

Well it seems those two terms are the most popular ones since 11.04. What truly are the differences and similarities between them (lenses and scopes)?
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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 to change the search location of Unity's Music Lens with Clementine instead of Banshee?

I know a similar question was asked by EmyrB How do you change the search location of the Music Lens?, but the answer says that the lens uses Banshee, but I don't use Banshee, I use Clementine. Is ...
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How do you change the search location of the Music Lens?

My music collection is on a separate partition and not under /home/username/Music. How do I get the music lens in Unity on Ubuntu 11.10 to search in a different location?
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Sorting Unity 3D Search Results

When I hit the "Windows Key" and search for an application, the order is always incorrect (imo). As a very simple example, I'll search for "calc". The default Ubuntu calculator is 3rd from the ...
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Files lens and xdg-open only open nautilus but not the correct applicatiion

since some days my Files lens opens only nautilus but not the correct application which is associated with the file extension. For example, if I choose a PDF file, Nautilus is openend, pointing to ...
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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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Unity “Files & Folders” lens can't find anything

Recently, the Unity "Files & Folders" lens can not find anything I am searching for using the dash. Let's give an example : I want to find a document called "Figure_1.png". Before this trouble, I ...
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Can I create a Unity URL launcher for the Applications Lens? [closed]

Can I create an application launcher that is a URL? I would like to modify the application screen of my Ubuntu Dash to include icons that open links.
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How do I remove “apps available for download” from 11.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove “Apps Available for Download” from the applications lens? There may be other similiar questions. But I find this advertising as really ...
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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 start developing a lens for Unity? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to create one of those lenses for unity. I know how to program. but I don't know where to start. Are there certain libraries I should use or docs that I should read? Are there ...
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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 to delete Apps and Files & Folder (lenses) icons from Launcher?

Hi there, I've been looking for some information about how to delete those Icons (Applications and Files & Folders). Why? Simple, because I understand that Ubuntu's button (BFB) it's a better ...
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Can't resize maximized lenses in Unity

I'm starting to enjoy every day a bit more and more Unity. But till now I'm looking for an answer to how resize the lenses in Unity. It takes the whole screen and I would like to be able to resize it. ...
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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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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 is a Unity Lens different from Google Desktop?

From Google Desktop features page: Google Desktop is a desktop search application that gives you easy access to information on your computer and from the web. Desktop makes searching your own ...
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Would a Unity lens written for Unity 3D also work in Unity 2D?

I am thinking of writing a few lens features to link Unity into some business web applications, do I have to target both Unity variants separately or can I do one and assume the other will just work?
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“Applications” launcher not showing, Alt-F2 not working

I have just installed ubuntu 11.04 on my ACER 3810T. Unity is showing only few launchers in the sidebar and the "Applications" launcher is not there. More, if I press Alt-F", not windows (lens) comes ...
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What lenses for Unity are available?

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on ...
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Can I rearrange Unity lenses on the launcher?

Is it possible to reorder Unity 2D lenses? I have several installed, and I want them in a different order on the launcher.