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    Stephanie Westbrook

    Hi Brad, thanks for the feedback. Yes, the order of the Timeline View is determined by specific logic. We have another post where Robert requests that the sequence in the Timeline match the order from the Table View, feel free to upvote that post if that sorting logic would be more helpful to you. 

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    Tushar Garg

    As a program manager we often find ourselves at decision gates that come at the end of long periods of development work. I want to be able to show these milestones as successor tasks that display directly after the development work ends. Sometimes the sorting logic on timeline view will stick the milestone in a different area that doesn't read as intuitively. This is usually the case if you have other tasks that started before the milestone "start" date. 

    Manual re-ordering is one solution that could work. Maybe you have a better solution for that use-case.

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    Akira Kuragami

    I have similar issue.

    I suggest that Wrike creates the special column like WBS number.
    And if the user add such column to Table View and register the WBS number (= Structure that the user wants), the user can use that special column as the sort key on all type of View.
    Additionally, this setting is kept even though close the View.

     

    Only remaining issue is it that we want to keep the relation between the task and the subtasks belonging to the task.

    If you can use this sort key in the level of task separately, this issue may be solved.
    But I believe that your team have better idea than me.

    Akira IT manager

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    Chet Amborn

    Sorting tasks based on start date and duration does not sense for projects like ours where most tasks have Finish-to-Finish dependencies.

    On the List view we sort tasks by Priority. That should be a sort option for the Timeline view, too. This could be a folder/project setting, so it doesnโ€™t need to be an option selected when the timeline view displays.

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    Monique Hodgkinson

    Was there any resolution to this?  I would like to drag tasks/subtasks around so that they are ordered according to my logic.

     

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    Stephanie Westbrook

    Hi everyone, I do have an update for you on this one! We recently released a new version on the Timeline in Wrike Labs. The new Timeline is a combination table/timeline view and the order of tasks on the timeline matches the order of tasks on the view's table. You can drag and drop tasks on the table and the tasks automatically shift location on the timeline to match. 

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    Julian Bowker

    Thanks for the update - I had a go - I see there is a option for 

    Cascade sorting

    Undo mass sorting and restore the custom task order on the Timeline
    RESTORE
     
     However it does not seem to work.
    I have a project with folders numbered 1A, 1B,2,3,4,5,6
    yet in timeline view i get 2,3,1B,1A,4,5,6
     
    Makes it very confusing and I don't want to have to export to MS Project just to display the gantt chart in the right order !
     
     
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    Hi Julian, we recently released a new version of the Timeline where you can manually set the order that tasks are sorted in. Let me know if that works better now!

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    Chet Amborn

    What is the new default sort order of tasks in the Timeline view?

    If I manually reorder a task in the table, does this change the Priority or some other field? 

    Unfortunately, I don't see how this change fixes the sorting problem mentioned above. There is still no way to sort the Timeline view by Priority (which is also our default sort order on the List view). Am I missing something?

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    Julian Bowker

    Hi,

    I still do not seem to be able to sort manually  - the described drag and drop for re-ordering does not seem to work - so there is still a miss match between the task list and the time line view. 

    I'll see if i can send you a screen print.

    Thanks

    Julian

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    Stephen

    @Chet, the default ordering is set depending on some basic rules, like if a task has a dependency and also the duration of the tasks - there's a full explanation in this Help Centre article.

    @Julian, when you drag a task on the Timeline, you should see it change on the table. See below. If this is not happening for you, please let me know and I'll raise a ticket with the Support Team to help troubleshoot ๐Ÿ‘

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    Chet Amborn

    How can I make the LIST view sort match the TIMELINE sort if a task is dragged on the TIMELINE view?

    If a task is reordered in the TIMELINE view, this does NOT change the task's Priority. So, the order on the LIST view (when sorted on Priority) does NOT match the order on the TIMELINE view.

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    Julian Bowker

    Thanks Stephen - the video certainly helped - So I can now manually re-order tasks. 

    What I'm having problems with is that the folders appear in a different order to those listed.  I'll see if i can send you an example.

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    Stephen

    @Chat and @Julian - thanks for asking these questions. Folders and Projects order in the new Timeline view doesnโ€™t match their order in the Folder tree. The same is true for task's order; the sorting in Timeline doesnโ€™t change the order of tasks in the List View.

    I'd love to hear the benefits or use cases where sorting in Timeline changes the sorting of the Folder tree or List View so our Product Team better understand its benefits. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

     

     

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    Julian Bowker

    (Edited )

    Thanks Stephen,

     
    The challenge I have it that I have grouped tasks into folders and those folders are in a particular order, relating to the business process and perceived importance.
     
    The great thing about Wrike is the ability to see these in a timeline/gantt view.
    Before hand I was using excel or having to use MS project or office timeline to display these.
     
    So now its all in one and dynamic - which was a key reason for choosing wrike,
     
    However its become confusing for my steering committee and people who want to see the tasks grouped and ordered a certain way, when the time line view displays them in a different order.
    Iโ€™m not too fussed about the order of the tasks within the folders - but its just the change of order of folders.
    So that I could identify groups we numbers the folders - so the re-ordering is even more obvious
    in folder view i have 1(1A,1B,) 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
    but then in timeline view i get 1(1B,1A),3,4,5,6,9,2,7,8.
     
    I just want a time line view that shows the same order of folders in the folder view.
     
    And yes its good that any manual sorting in the timeline view does NOT change the folder order.
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    Chet Amborn

    I use the List view for planning a project and the Timeline view for monitoring execution of the project. The List view has options for creating and assigning tasks that are not available on the Timeline view (see screenshot). This saves a lot of clicks, especially when setting up a project template. Using the Timeline view to set up a project template is awkward.

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    @Julian, thanks for this detail. Have you tried ordering them in the Timeline table by 'Folder' by clicking the Folder title cell in the table? This should reorder them to mirror like your Folder structure which might be a good solution here. Give it a go and let me know how you get on ๐Ÿ‘

     

    @Chet, thanks for your feedback here. You're correct, many people rather start the development of a Project in the list view as the task options open in the right-hand side panel, rather than the Task View dialog box that exists in Timeline. Thank you for sharing here. Posts like this help our Product Team understand how everyone is using their workspace and it informs future development decisions ๐Ÿ‘

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    Julian Bowker

    Awesome - that works well - Having things sorted by title seems to have done the trick, now all the folders line up in order - so simple - Thanks

     

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    Stephen

    @Julian, great to hear ๐Ÿ‘ Thanks for the update!

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    Joshua Lamorie

    Hey wrike forum post followers, there is a bit of WBS related momentum in a different post (which you might already be following).  If we can get a few more votes there, it might encourage wrike to consider some development.

    https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360000281465-New-feature-WBS

    I assume (hope) that there will be an opportunity to help wrike product developers figure out the scope to best deliver the specific feature you are interested in.

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