Manual sorting... rules?


#1

I feel like I’ve missed an entry-level concept.

What defines whether a collection of actions can be manually reordered? ie. sorted manually.

Help my brain.


#2

How are you sorting them? Just dragging usually works. I click and hold on the title of the step and drag. When you start dragging, there should be a blue line with a flat end on it to show where it go.


#3

Both projects (if displayed hierarchically) and individual tags allow manual reordering. So, you should be able to reorder actions within the following sections:

  • Inbox
  • Projects
  • Review
  • Tags
  • Perspectives that Group and Sort by Entire Projects
  • Perspectives that Group and Sort by Individual Actions, Group by Tag, and Sort by Tags Order
  • The Tagged section of Today in Forecast (if you have a Forecast Tag setup)

Hoping I didn’t forget anything here. Does that help?


#4

Thanks for that run down.

So, there’s no way to manually sort a perspective that’s grouped & sorted by individual actions and ungrouped?

I want a perspective that displays a single ungrouped list that I can manually reorder.


#5

Yeah, that’s correct. Ungrouped Individual Actions perspectives only provide you with automatic sorting options.


#6

That’s frustrating… thanks for explaining.


#7

This has been a problem forever, OmniFocus has never been easy to manually sort items without a lot of gyrations, such as making sure all your desired items have the same context. I really wish they’d be willing to fix this.


#8

In a manually sorted list, is the sort order exposed to (accessible by) AppleScript?

In other words, could I use a script to manipulate the sort order?