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How to Disable Online Content Fetching When Searching in Ubuntu 14.04

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By default, when you search using the Unity Dash, online shopping suggestions such as Amazon display in your results. You may not want online suggestions included in your search results, whether it be for bandwidth or privacy reasons. You can easily disable this feature.

To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + T to open a Terminal window. Type the following command at the prompt and press Enter.

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses remote-content-search ‘none’

NOTE: Linux is case sensitive, so you must type the line above as shown. Also, when we say to type something in this article and there are quotes around the text, DO NOT type the quotes, unless we specify otherwise.

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If you are returned to the prompt with no further messages, the command was successful. Type “exit” at the prompt to close the Terminal window.

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For this setting to take effect, you must log out and then log back in. To do this, select Log Out from the system menu on the top panel in the upper-right corner of the screen.

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You can either lock the screen or log out. Click Log Out.

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Once you log back in, click the Search button at the top of the Unity bar to access Unity Dash. Type a search term in the search box. Notice that the results displayed are only applications and files and folders found locally on your computer. There are no remote results.

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If you decide you want the remote results again, type the following command at the prompt in a Terminal window and press Enter.

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses remote-content-search ‘all’

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With no remote sources included in your searches, the search results should display faster.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 06/13/14