Can I Sort Notes Manually?

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04 Nov, 2016 04:27 AM

As it stands, the notes reorder themselves by most recently modified. I need to reorder them manually, or at the very least creation date. Can this be done? Ideally it would be nice to have the option to reorder manually, by title, by modification date, or create date.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 04 Nov, 2016 02:42 PM

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    sorting options will be available in the near future, but can't be done right now.


  2. 2 Posted by Anthony Richt on 04 Nov, 2016 05:36 PM

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    Hi Danilo,

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question.

    Since 2012 I had used Evernote as a daily journal. In April, I switched to
    Ulysses, but missed the ability to easily add photos to an entry.

    I hoped with Bear's ability to drop in photos with ease, that it would
    become my new journal for years to come.

    However, sorting notes manually, or by creation date at least, is vital.

    Without that feature, I, unfortunately, can't justify the yearly

    I'm currently in the trial period, so if the feature should appear in Bear
    in the next 30 days then you can count me in:)

    Thanks again and best of luck on the app.

    It truly is beautiful.


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 04 Nov, 2016 06:15 PM

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    Hi Tony,

    this sounds like a challenge! :D
    Ok, I'm on, I'll do my best to ship sorting in 30 days.


  4. 4 Posted by Kenichi Wagatsu... on 05 Nov, 2016 01:24 PM

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    "Can I Sort Notes Manually"
    I am also looking forward to this feature is implemented(^_^)
    > sorting options will be available in the near future, but can't be done right now.

  5. 5 Posted by bob on 06 Nov, 2016 12:48 AM

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    At this point, I'd be very happy to sort by title.

  6. 6 Posted by Robert on 09 Nov, 2016 09:22 PM

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    Got here by googling 'can I sort bear notes manually' - would definitely be number one on my list of must haves. Really liking the app so far.

  7. 7 Posted by Cat Loves Bear on 01 Dec, 2016 11:48 PM

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    +1 for sorting manually. Wondering how the 30 day challenge is going. Excited!

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 03 Dec, 2016 10:24 AM

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    I think I lost the 30 day challenge badly.

  9. 9 Posted by Anthony Richt on 03 Dec, 2016 01:54 PM

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  10. 10 Posted by Neal on 06 Dec, 2016 10:08 AM

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    so maybe Anthony Richt will wait for a little bit more time :)

  11. 11 Posted by nagi tree on 06 Dec, 2016 11:25 AM

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    On 2016年12月3日 22:54 +0900, Anthony Richt <[email blocked]>, wrote:

  12. 12 Posted by Anthony Richt on 09 Jan, 2017 04:45 PM

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    Thank you so much for getting us the ability to globally sort our notes.

    I sorted my notes by creation date, and immediately my journal notebook
    felt better.
    (Kind of the way you feel when you're really thirsty and then you drink
    from a tall glass of water, you know?)

    Just one thing...

    I have lots of notebooks, (not just a daily log) and would love the ability
    to sort each notebook individually.
    By creation date is great for a daily log, but some notebooks are for
    projects and those notes need to be sorted manually.

    Maybe you could add a little icon next to the new note button?
    Like so? (please see attached.)

    But, you know, make it more beautiful than my mockup. Bear Beautiful.

    I love the app and use it, quite literally, every day.

    Thanks again for the updated ability to sort notes. It truly does make Bear
    even more of a pleasure to use.


  13. 13 Posted by samvbeckmann on 14 Apr, 2017 02:52 AM

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    Also throwing my vote in that manual sorting would be amazing to have.

  14. 14 Posted by Steve @ Leadify on 27 Jul, 2017 08:24 PM

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    +1 On manual sorting. Nail that and you'll have another happy customer :)

  15. 15 Posted by Johnny on 04 Aug, 2017 06:57 PM

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    +1 on sorting each tag individually

  16. 16 Posted by Jeremy on 05 Aug, 2017 05:08 AM

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    +1 on manual sorting. Please!

  17. 17 Posted by chiyuan on 19 Aug, 2017 07:21 AM

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    +1 manual sorting

  18. 18 Posted by Mimi on 14 Nov, 2017 03:47 AM

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    No sorting is a deal breaker. Too bad! It looks very nice.

  19. 19 Posted by chris on 30 Dec, 2017 12:22 AM

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    I extra got bear as I hoped to sort manually
    unbelievable that no simple app helping in writing doesn't have that feature :(

  20. 20 Posted by Tom van der Val... on 15 Jun, 2018 01:56 PM

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    The inability to manually sort notes is the only thing that keeps me from switching OneNote to Bear. Is this on the roadmap?

  21. 21 Posted by Ryan on 22 Jun, 2018 09:32 PM

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    Ugh. I've already paid for the app and am moving away from Ulysses only to encounter this deal-killing issue.

    Like many others, I need to see my notes in the order of creation, this is really a must-have.

  22. 22 Posted by Ryan on 22 Jun, 2018 09:38 PM

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    FYI this issue exists, I take back my previous comment

  23. 23 Posted by stephanie on 23 Jul, 2018 08:30 PM

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    glad I am only on Trial. Now I realize there is no custom sort, I defintely cannot sub. Otherwise it would be perfect!

  24. 24 Posted by Simon Sherbourn... on 12 Aug, 2018 01:39 PM

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    I'm another one who would switch to Bear if it had manual note sorting.

  25. 25 Posted by Simon on 13 Aug, 2018 11:47 AM

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    Anthony Richt's mockup is spot on.

  26. 26 Posted by Hatef Yamini on 17 Aug, 2018 07:13 AM

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    Adding my vote for manual sorting. Already love Bear and manual sorting would let me develop entire documents in Bear. Right now, that’s the only area where Ulysses has the edge and let’s me sort a document and fully prepar it for printing as a PDF export. Bear is better in every other way and I’d love to stay in Bear.

  27. 27 Posted by George on 23 Sep, 2018 10:32 PM

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    This is a beautiful App. Sorting is a can’t-do-without however. Has it been done? Would like to know before I commit lots of my work to Bear. Best Wishes!

  28. Support Staff 28 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 24 Sep, 2018 08:47 AM

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    @George Not at the moment, manual sorting is on our todo list but not in the first places.

  29. 29 Posted by Leonard on 05 Oct, 2018 03:48 PM

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    Another vote for manual sorting.

    I'm using Bear to outline a manuscript. Bear is a great outliner, but as I develop my outlines they get long and cumbersome. So, I've started chopping them up into separate sections. But then I want to rearrange the sections. The only way I can do that now is to sort by title and change the titles. It could be done so much more easily with manual sorting.

    I can do manual sorting in Ulysses, which is where I actually do the writing, but Ulysses is not nearly as good for outlining as Bear. So, I'm hoping you can help me out and incorporate this feature in the near future.

    Thanks! I recommend Bear to every tired Evernote user I meet.

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