Sorting options for Onenote, Notebooks, Sectiongroups, Sections and Pages
Provide options that allow sorting of the various items in any of the above. This could be the normal Alphabetical or Date searches, but could also be more dynamic i.e. Contains Tag ??, Contains ?? in Subject etc. This would potentially allow things like a notebook that has sections ordered in Priority etc.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Here are some of the results of the survey –
• Sorting is needed for pages, sections, and notebooks
• Sorting should persist while navigating, after close of notebook, across all devices, and be seen by people they share the notebook with
• Current OneNote users want the following sorts – alphabetical, date created, and date modified
• We heard from a lot of users who wanted to set section lists and page lists in a sort that they wouldn’t change often, but there was also a set of users who mentioned that they would want to live in a certain sort order, but switch to another sort order as an aid to locate specific items within their list
Thank you again for your responses. This information helps us understand the experience we need to build to match your needs.
Admin: Sure would be nice to see sorting implemented.
The fact is that this issue, posted here 5 years ago, has been a problem since the release of One Note's as a desk top application in the Windows 95/98 days. I was an very early adopter and evangelist for the product, expecting it to gradually add the missing components, but by the mid-2000s gave up and switched to Evernote because One Note has remained a crippled application lacking this feature, as well as basic text style formatting options. These are capabilities that should be standard in a tool designed to categorize and manage information. That they have been deliberately left out is obviously a business decision, and a big F.U. to users.
I would also like to see an option to color code notebooks that I own.
Chad Bell commented
I want to be able to Type a Date Example ( June 2, 1972: Notes...; August 3rd, 1973: Notes; May 4th, 1975: Notes ... etc) When I type in those notes, or insert those photos, or copy and install those documents.. everything will automatically fall into place... Maybe I have a hard copied Journal written in 3 different books. I would like to type in the date, or title, etc.. and as I do so when I enter them in they will automatically insert themselves into my notes as they belong in order Alphabetically or Chronologically... vs having to go in an find each and every date and then create a page or whatever... If there is already a way of doing this please allow me to know how as obviously I am a newb in finding this information!
Doug GRIFFIN commented
Onetastic! it includes macros to perform all of these things.
Great set of tools getting killed off in this stupid drive to kill Onenote 2016.
Wow! I am postively shocked this is not possible. Looks like I've got another huge menial task in front of me. I thought this app was supposed to make my life easier.
Agree 100% with Jeff Eusebio. I'm in the same position. Our organisation has adopted the whole office 365 stack with OneNote, and removed local admin privileges. Previously I happily used Evernote on my work laptop so I've got 3000 notes in my 68 stacks. I cannot work with OneNote at all, so I've resorted to keeping a RDP session open on my corporate laptop to my developer VM.
The lack of this simple sort functionality completely kills OneNote. Without it, it's not fit for purpose.
The biggest irony in this is, the exact functionality we need has been built into Windows Explorer since the earliest days! Tabular view, sort by title, date modified, date created and all manner of metadata, ascending or descending. You can sort your music files by artist and genre, your photos by focal length and exposure, but you can't sort your notes by the date you last edited??
So MS can't even connect the dots and understand people need it in their flagship note taking product?? Farcical.
Jeff Eusebio commented
Tried migrating from Evernote. I have 268 notebooks in 10 notebook stacks. I expected a stack to become a notebook, a notebook to become a section, and a page to stay a page. The importer ignore stacks (1st killer). I ran the import on 4 notebooks as a test. One of them, my "meeting notes" notebook, has 650 pages. In Evernote, I can easily see the date of each meeting, sort them by date, etc. I opened up the same notebook in OneNote and was horrified. No dates, no ability to sort by date, and the importer had split my simple list of meeting into 7 different Sections (each with 100 pages). Nooooooo! I actually DO like OneNote and I use it concurrently with Evernote, but wow... it seems like this should be simple but perhaps it's super hard. Back to Evernote (for now). Microsoft... dedicate few more resources to incorporating what Evernote does well and you'd have 10MM new users.
Agree with some, OneTastic is a fantastic thirdparty plugin that does alphabetizing VERY well. It should be a standard feature
Please buy OneTastic (give them lots of money for it, because it's awesome) and then bolt on the integration into the desktop client
In the process of converting from Evernote to OneNote and the lack of sorting of pages functionality has stopped me in my tracks. Like everyone else, I think it is unfathomable that this is not a standard option. I think I'll be sticking to Evernote, this is too much of a 'must have' for me to transition to OneNote.
Like most of the comments in this feedback column, OneNote definitely needs to act on their voices asking for a sorting capability for its pages and sections. Otherwise users will switch to other note taking software that allows them better manage their notes taken. Period.
This is number one reason, why people looking for other note taking software
This request has been on for 4 years and MS is not acting on it. This should have been part of the original software and not an afterthought. PLEASE ACT!
lol, just deployed OneNote 2019(!) and amazingly enough, the feature is still missing.. Rather than curving icons and changing the ribbon's color scheme, why not actually work on adding new features? It's just bizar that I still need to rely on a 3rd party plugin for such basic features as "Sort".. Guys, come on!!
Try this link - works on laptop version.
One Note Wonder commented
Does Microsoft ever respond to these comments / suggestions?
One Note Wonder commented
The lack of sorting options in OneNote is mind boggling - especially as I had to go through the pain of copy and pasting all the pages from Outlook Notes - one by one.
Outlook Notes itself has the sorting options needed here. I moved away from it to get to a notes product that was cloud based and synched my PC with Phone / Tablet.
This feature seems like it should be standard out the box feature and it does not seem to hard to accomplish. This is a very old thread so it must be super difficult.
Missing of alphabetical and date sorting (ascending/descending) is mind-blowing!
The opportunity to sort by Name or Date created in the left hand Notebook panel and in the related Pages panel sections.