Sort Items in Search Results


#1

I have a couple of saved searches, primarily to see all the items for a given project (hash-tag) regardless of their context (it’s a GTD thing).

Since I’m using colours for priority (1-now, 2-soon, etc) I would really like to be able to sort the results by colour - ascending at a minimum but if you can throw in descending too that would be awesome.

It would also be perfect to turn on and off the breakdown by document (in my case a document is a GTD context) so that all the colour-1 items sort together regardless of which document they are in. The containing document could be shown somewhere within the item, perhaps right-aligned to the left of the item bullet.

(this is 2 of 3 GTD related features I’m proposing today)


#2

So does this sort action change anything, or is it temporarily applied to the search result page only?


#3

Only applies to the search result.


#4

So there’s no trace or side-effect of this sort action after you exit the search result interface, is that correct?


#5

Exactly! Well, almost. Now that I think about it the sort order should be part of the search so it is automatically applied each time I perform the search. But it would have no effect outside of the search.

I know I have another feature request open to sort the actual document by colour label. But I see this feature as different because:

  1. It pertains to search results; and
  2. Global searches cross multiple documents and one aspect of this feature is to turn-off the breakdown by document in the search results (which doesn’t apply to sort in one document).
  3. And I would be happier if you released sort in documents separately from sort search results instead of having to wait for both to be completed.

Thanks,


#6

Yes Agree.
I am trying to rely on tag for task-managing.
Sort the hash-tag is must for task-management so that tasks can be prioritized .
Also the sort on different scope (e.g. on all document as a whole, not separately).

That way we can make use of only hash-tag and search to viewing my tasks, and can work upon all documents that having #priority. (e.g. all bullet-point in any document having #todo will be found and #priority-n will be sorted in the search result .).

My use case is I have many bug or todo lists in different projects(document), so I can use search to reveal them and sort them for a big-picture tasks view.

current search result doesn’t sort by hash-tag.


#7

I am using searches like within:7d for items due this week, so nicely tagged using !(date). Is there a way to fetch all my date-tagged items sorted by date?

p.s. This ! tag is the first reason I switched to DynaList from workflowy :slight_smile:


#8

You can get the list by search for has:date, but unfortunately there’s no sorting in Dynalist right now.