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 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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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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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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Everpad 'sync in progress' freeze and lens crash? [closed]

I like everpad, its better than evernote for windows dektop but a problem is there. The 'sync in progress' freezes and doesn't add new notes to local system. Also, everpad lens crashes sometimes.
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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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How to disable lenses in the in the Dash menu?

How can I disable some lenses in the Dash menu?
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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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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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Does lens exist in Ubuntu14.04?

When I import 'Lens' from 'gi.repository' in Python, it shows that the Lens doesn't exist, as well as 'Scope'. But 'SimpleScope' exist. Is there any structural changing between Ubuntu 14.04 and ...
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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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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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Adding lenses and scopes to Unity in Ubuntu 14.04

Ok, so I've recently gone through this post, and want to add some of the scopes mentioned there. I wanted to add the scope for Wikipedia, so I used the following code : sudo add-apt-repository ...
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14.04 Cannot remove lenses

I want to remove photo, video and music lenses from the dash, in 12.04 was enough to purge the unity-lens-whatever but in 14.04 this trick doesn't do the job, neither remove the scopes. Ideas? ...
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How to disable Amazon lense in 14.04? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu 14.04 Custom Unity Lenses don't appear in the dash

I have Ubuntu 14.04 and I have installed custom unity lenses, the pirate bay torrent lens for example, but they aren't appearing in the dash. I have logged out and back in, and I have rebooted the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...