Google Reader Alphabetizing Help
July 22, 2008 8:29 AM   Subscribe

How can I alphabetize my feeds in Google Reader?

I looked in the Google Reader help. I looked through the askme archives. I used my google-fu. I got nothing.

I realize that I can drag and drop things and put them in any order I want. But that is annoying, and I want things to alphabetize themselves automatically.

For reference, I'm talking about the subscription list on the lower left (at least on my set up).

So, any way I can put these things in alpha order besides dragging and dropping?
posted by misanthropicsarah to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I can't offer any solution, but my Google Reader used to alphabetize feeds for me, as I added subscriptions. Then a couple of months ago, this behavior stopped. I'm worried they think it's a feature and not a bug.
posted by tyrantkitty at 8:49 AM on July 22, 2008

Wow, I just noticed how incredibly wack this is.

If you go to the "manage subscriptions" page (aka the Settings Page, Subscriptions tab) you can force them back into order by creating a new folder and moving all your feeds into that folder in one go, without returning to the regular Reader view.
posted by roofus at 9:20 AM on July 22, 2008

I scoured through the Google FAQs (because your question made me think "hey, shouldn't that be a feature?") and, apparently, you may very well be stuck with dragging and dropping.

It may make future maitenence easier for you if you use folders and can alphabetize within each folder.
posted by sjuhawk31 at 12:36 PM on July 22, 2008

Ugh! I had no idea that feeds could be dragged around to reorder them until I saw this post. Google Reader was alphabetizing them just fine until I dragged one... Now it's adding all new ones to the bottom of the list. :(
posted by qvtqht at 12:43 PM on July 22, 2008

bah. as of April 24 they were "working on it." clearly nothing has been fixed though.

well, at least i'm not the only one with the pony.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 12:46 PM on July 22, 2008

i noticed today that there is now an "options" button at the lower left of the list of feeds. there you can pick to drag n drop or auto alphabatize. no idea how long it's been there, but i'm glad it's there!
posted by misanthropicsarah at 1:05 PM on October 29, 2008

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