Sorting contact lists

Summary

You can sort contact lists via four default contact data fields - Created, Modified, Email and Last mailed date.

By default, the contact list is sorted by the Last mailed date in descending order (from the most recent mailed date to the earliest). This is indicated by the small triangle pointing downwards next to the Last mailed date column heading.

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Steps to sort contact lists

  1. Select Contacts from the navigation bar and then select the appropriate address book you'd like to sort.

    The contacts list is displayed with the various column headings for the contact data fields.

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  2. Click on a column header to sort by any of the sortable columns.

    address_book_column_headings.pngSorting by Created, for instance, will automatically sort the list in ascending date order (as the small arrow indicates by pointing upwards).

    address_book_sort_by_created.pngEmail addresses will firstly sort by ascending alphabetical order.

  3. To sort the list in descending order, simply click the column header again.

    The column header arrow changes point downwards, indicating that the sort is now in descending order.

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Comments

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    We understand that the option to sort by different fields in the contact list has been removed, so that you can now only sort by email. We would like to see this option restored.

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    Hi Jo,

    Thanks for your comment - and it's helped alert us to the fact that this article was out of date, which we've now corrected. However, I'm afraid we had to permanently remove custom-column sorting on tables as the functionality was (computationally) expensive. By not having it, it's allowed us to speed up the rest of the app.

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    I agree, this facility to sort my contact lists by, for example, surname, would be enormously appreciated. I suppose the alternative is to export the whole contact list and use Excel but it's a long winded way of doing it. I hate it when software functionality goes backwards for the sake of new features which I have no need for. Any chance dotMailer of resurrecting it, or at least one or two more columns?

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    I also agree. Being able to sort contact lists seems a basic function. Please restore this.

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    I agree too. At minimum, I would expect to be able to sort by first and last names. Sorting by email address is next to useless.