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|===Can I change the way items are sorted in my library?===||===Can I change the way items are sorted in my library?===|
|-||Yes, you can sort your Zotero library and individual collections within it alphabetically, numerically, and chronologically, in ascending or descending order, by various fields. You can choose the sort field by clicking on the column heading, such as "Title" or "Creator", at the top of Zotero's center pane. Click again on the same heading to reverse the sort direction.||+||Yes, you can sort the Zotero library view by most item fields, including Creator, Title, Year, Publication, Extra, Volume, Call Number, Date Modified, etc.), as well as by whether it has notes and/or attachments. To make more field columns visible, click the Add Columns button at the top-right of the Zotero center pane (or top pane in Stacked view). To sort on a column, click the column title at the top of the Zotero library pane. Click again to sort in the reverse direction. You can reorganize columns by dragging their titles to the left or right.|
|-||You can add additional sortable columns by clicking the spreadsheet icon above the vertical scrollbar and choosing from the menu of fields, including "Date," "Type," "Year," and "Publisher". Your selections will be added to the top of the center pane alongside the other column headings. You can re-order a column by dragging its column heading to the left or right of its original position.||+||You can change the secondary sort field for each primary sort field (e.g., when sorting by Creator, sort items by the same author by Year) by click on the Add Columns button at the top-right of the Zotero center pane (or top pane in Stacked view).|
|-||Also note that Zotero sorts by Creator, Date, and Date Modified after the main sort column. For example, if you were to specify "Title" as the primary sort field, and your library contained three or more references with the same title, then Zotero would secondarily sort those items by creator. ||+||//Note:// When sorting on the Date field, Zotero will sort on the the parsed recognizable date parts (e.g., day, month, year), not the free-form text entered into the field. Hover the cursor over the item's Date field to view the parsed date.|
|-||A word about how Date and Year work: While Zotero accepts a free-form date in the Date field for each bibliographic record ("Summer 2006", "Jan 21, 2007", etc.), the entered value is parsed into recognizable parts ("2006-00-00", "2007-01-21", etc.), and these parts are used to sort the field in the middle pane. You can hover over the saved date field to view the parsed date. The Year column also uses the Date field, but only the year portion of it.||+|
|View the [[/support/screencast_tutorials/sorting|Sorting Screencast]] for a demonstration of Zotero's sorting capabilities.||View the [[/support/screencast_tutorials/sorting|Sorting Screencast]] for a demonstration of Zotero's sorting capabilities.|