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Can anyone offer a quick summary of the practical differences between View/Sorting and Edit/Sort ?

The help info describes them as "setting how to order the projects and actions in the main outline" vs. "a one-time sort of the selected items in the sidebar or the main outline".

I do understand that 'Edit/Sort' gets applied to a specific selection, but otherwise I'm failing to grasp how best to choose which one to use, how they interact with each other, which takes precedence, etc.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

In the Project view:
1) Actions have an explicit order within the project. You can tweak this order by dragging tasks up or down the outline, or with Edit > Sort. These change the explicit order. ("Catch the dog" needs to happen before "Give the dog a bath.")

2) Projects have an order in the sidebar, but their order in the main view can be changed with the View > Sorting. This is a temporary per-view sort of thing. I might have a day-to-day perspective that sorts projects by Due Date, and a Review perspective that sorts by "Next Review".

In the Context view:
1) Actions have no particular order within a context. So now the View > Sorting setting applies to them. One perspective might sort flagged actions to the top, so that if you don't have time to do everything, at least you did the flagged stuff. Another might sort by duration, so you can find those quick little tasks you can work on in between interruptions.

Does that help?
Originally Posted by Lizard View Post

Does that help?
That's _very_ helpful - many thanks!


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