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    An addition to this could be to sort in more levels - e.g. sort alphabetically on folders in a project, but use cascade sorting on tasks in the folders. Right now you can only sort either alphabetically or cascade sorting, where the latter messes with your grouping of tasks in folders.

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    Trevor Tollefsbol

    Agree with both comments here.ย  We are evaluating Wrike at this moment, and the resorting of our template upon creating a project was a bit of a surprise.ย  I know we have overlapping phases and parallel tasks, but they are written in a particular order for a reason.ย  I will say this isย triggeringย me to re-evaluate our process for optimization again, which is never really a bad thing.

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    Casey Weiss

    @John I struggled with this as a new user some months ago.ย  For myself and my team we implemented the use of 1/2/3 or a/b/c prefixes on each task in a folder so that the task name order can always be sorted first to last.ย  It adds an additional step for sure, and adding/deleting tasks becomes more difficult, but this is what we have settled upon for now to maintain the functionality that you are discussing.ย  Interested to hear what you think or if you found an alternative around this feature.

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    John Beck

    Hi Casey,ย 

    We also started using 1/2/3 but then we got past 10 which put 10 in front of 1. Then we started using 01/02/03 but it looks messy, takes more time to create and re-order as you mentioned, and gets confusing when you look at the Gantt Chart view because you have a number for each task that shows up in addition to our numbering system that is really just there to keep it from changing. Ultimately it's a huge pain and just causes additional confusion for new users and it needs to be fixed instead of slapping band-aid after band-aid on top of a real problem.ย 

    Lots of little things like this that get ignored have helped discourage my team from using Wrike, especially those who were skeptical to begin with. If they just kept it simple and let the user choose how they want to sort, it would make for a much better user experience.ย 

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    Molly Graham

    I'd settle for it just remembering how I had things sorted last time. If I sort something, it should stay sorted that way even if I leave that view and return to it.ย 

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    David Mills

    Agree. This is one of the many head-scratching issues with Wrike. Please change so tasks stay in the order in which I input them. Adding numbers or letters to tasks is another step and huge pain.

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    Chris Sci

    Could someone from @Wrike address these issues? Perhaps there is a reason Wrike functions this way? If so could you tell us? Also, is there any reason these simple sorting issues are not being addressed? If the true concept and building blocks of Wrike are Folders, Projects and Tasks, then why not remain true to that and allow those basic building blocks to work better and sort better among each other? The constant defaulting to Alpha sorting is killing the team.ย 

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    John Beck

    I completely agree. This basic feature of sorting should be basic building blocks and it clearly causing a lot of trouble. I know I would use it more if I didn't have to deal with the hassle of numbering manually and constantly removing filters and having to figure out what order I left things in when coming back to a project or switching views. Just like this comment, I can type:

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    And when I come back to this comment it's still going to be in that order.

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    Matthew Snodgrass

    Indeed. I sort the task order in the Gantt view but then have to sort it again in the New Table view (and I can't sort it that way in the List or Table view). It'd be great to add another option in the "Sort by" that's called "Same as Gantt"

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    Megan Caldwell

    YES.... see my similar post:

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    https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360021714934-List-and-Table-Sort-by-WBS-work-breakdown-structure-

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    John Beck

    Wrike Team, are you listening yet?

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    Lester .

    I fully support this request! Its been a while Wrike...whats happening?

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    Lisa

    Hey guys, thank you for sharing your feedback here, we are reporting all of it to our Product team. For now, the team are looking at keeping sorting when switching between views and Gantt Chart sorting. I'll be sure to keep you posted and thanks again for your input ๐Ÿค

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    John Beck

    Hi Lisa, It's a good start, so I'm glad to hear this is being looked at but that's only a part of the difficulties of entering and tracking work. If you want people to use Wrike in mass, you need to make it intuitive to use. If I can't sit down in a room (by myself or with my team) and enter tasks in wrike as easy or easier than I can in excel and make adjustments later, then why should I use wrike? Right now, using Wrike means that I have a ton of additional manual work to do during and after the project layout process. Then when I come back to it later, it's not the way I entered it or left it and I have to figure out what auto-changed and why or I can't get it back to how I had it without more additional manual work. If you make it easy to sit down in a room with a team and build out a project by task, make it easy to adjust, and leave it the way people left it, I guarantee you will have more people using wrike, me being one of them. But due to the headaches and added time/effort it takes to use wrike, I end up not using it. And I think wrike has a ton of great features that would be a huge benefit to me, but it's not worth it at this stage.

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    Amanda Cook

    Having a specific sort available in all views would be so helpful. It can be frustrating having to review a timeline with someone who prefers a different view then you and the order is all out of place. It would save time if there was a locked sort available in each view.

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    John Beck

    This was one of the main frustrations that led to so many people not using Wrike at our company and we have now decided to stop using Wrike as a company. It's too bad because Wrike is so close to being a really good option, but there are too many unaddressed issues that make it difficult and frustrating to use.

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    David Mills

    Agree. This is an extremely simple request to fix an annoyance with Wrike that seems to be marketed as an advantage. It's great to have the option to sort by title, priority, etc., but the default needs to simply leave tasks in the order in which they were input. Imagine trying to use Excel only to have cells jumping up and down after entering data.

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    Tessa Flaws

    Agree. What Torben said on 2 May in this thread describes the issue and frustration most of our users face.ย 

    The cascade sorting is great to sort tasks in folders, except that it also cascades the folders. The options right now are to either sort by title (alphabetically) or use cascade sorting on all tasks and folders.ย 

    The work around we have is to use a custom sort column, inputting the sequential number of the task or folder. Yes this is as painful as it sounds, requiring a lot of manual effort to maintain this column. For now it is the only solution for us.ย 

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    Steven Ohlson

    Lisa, Have there been any enhancements or changes made to address this concern?ย 

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