Custom sort order for Active Thought in Normal View
Please add an "Arrange By" thought property to set the ordering of a thought's children whenever that thought is the Active Thought in Normal View. This property should offer the same choices as the global "Arrange By" option, plus "Use global Arrange By".
When this property is not set for a given thought, it will default to "Use global Arrange By".
This request has appeared in the forums but usually in the context of other "Arrange By" topics, so I thought it might benefit from a clear statement separate from other requests.
This should be reasonably easy to implement as there is only one Active Thought at a time in Normal View.
Some people may also want to see custom ordering apply to jump thoughts or to the parents' children (the sibling), though in the case of parent thoughts there might be more than one custom order present and then PB would need to make an arbitrary selection.
There could also be logic or performance questions that would either make it better or worse to include or exclude other plex regions.
As long as the core idea was implemented for the Active Thought, I do not have strong opinions about sorting the other regions. I lean slightly towards "best performance with this feature implemented".
I would love this function !
Paul Shapiro commented
I agree with this precisely and absolutely. Every though should have custom sort order. Also, several other sort order controls should be included like ascending, descending for numerical, alphabetical and date of entry/modification.