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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is There A Lens For Google Search On Ubuntu 12.04 LTS? [duplicate]

I have ubuntu 12.04 lts and I was wondering that if there is a google search lens for ubuntu? Thanks Guys :)
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Change unity dash lens [duplicate]

May have my terminology wrong here, but the unity dash is a utility launched by clicking the little unity logo on the top left, and the lens is the window that opens out and filters results? Anyway, ...
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Completely removing smart scopes

I want to know if it's possible to remove the Unity Smart Scopes? Basically I like to keep a lean machine. I always remove just about everything I can - I actually only use the app and file lens', I ...
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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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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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How to create a unity lens? [duplicate]

Is it possible to make my own unity and use it with language other than English?! If yes i hope you can help
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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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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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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 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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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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How do I change the order in which lenses appear in the dash?

Application lenses seem to be ordered alphabetically by default: From left to right: dash home --> applications --> extras-unity-lens-wikipedia --> files --> music --> recoll --> video Is there ...
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How to make Unity's Dash save the results filtering?

The dash can remember the settings for filtered results for the entire session, but not beyond that. Once the profile is logged out and back in the results would reset to their original settings; ...
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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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Is there a tool to manage dash lenses?

My Ubuntu 12.04 dash has become a clutter on lenses. At first I installed every lens I found on the internet. Most of them now I seldom use. So, is there any quick way to add/hide/remove lenses?
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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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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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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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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 to disable lenses in the in the Dash menu?

How can I disable some lenses in the Dash menu?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Where do I find a terminal lens for Unity?

I have been googling for a terminal lens, i.e. a Unity lens that integrates the terminal into the usual dash replaces the current Alt+F2 functionality. For instance one could have a line of icons ...
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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 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 ...
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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 & Scopes - Is it possible to copy content by clicking on it in the Dash?

I just got an idea to create a lense that would work as a Character Map. I need character copying very often, and on Windows there was a very useful programme (PopChar), but on Ubuntu I haven't found ...