Sorting Opening Libraries

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DamonB
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Sorting Opening Libraries

Hi I was wondering if there was an easy way to sort my openings in the library.

Right now they are in a less than numerical order and I am in the process of adding more windows. Move to top is not really meant to sort as far as I can tell, just place often used openings at the top. Softplan needs to improve in the system management realm for sure.

 

Thanks,

Bill Wimberley
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Sorting Libraries

Welcome aboard Damon.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to sort libraries in SoftPlan. As you mentioned, Move to top is designed as a method for moving often used items to the top of the list.

By default the libraries are sorted numerically then alphabetically. So one option would be to name your openings in such a way that they sort the way you want them.

Another method would be to use the Move to Top button to sort but that is less than ideal. However, when you use Move to Top a special file named "library.ord" is created in the folder with your symbol. This file contains as the first entry the number of symbols that have been moved to top and then the names of the symbols below.

My suggestion would be to first use Move to Top to populate the library.ord file with all of the symbol names you want to sort. Just click on each item and select Move to Top. Once you get all the names in the list you can open up the library.ord file in a text editor or spreadsheet and sort the entries any way you like. Make sure that the number that is displayed at the top of the list remains at the top of the list. Then save back to library.ord.

If at any time you want to go back to the default sorting you can simply delete the library.ord file. A new one is automatically created if you later use Move to Top again.

I agree that SoftPlan should implement a better sorting method. Perhaps using drag and drop to affect positioning. But until then you might try the methods I mentioned. At least it will get the job done.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

DamonB
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Sorting Opening Libraries

Thanks very much Bill,

There is no way I would have been able to figure that out on my own.

 

Thanks,