Sorting: Fix the Incorrect Numerical Sort Order
The webapp currently handles number sorting in an odd (non-standard) way.
--For three file names beginning with: 1, 2, and 12
--The webapp would sort these as: 1, 12, 2
Which clearly isn't in the correct numerical order.
Windows (and Finder) sort these correctly as: 1, 2, 12.
This is the natural behavior for lexicographic sorting which treats everything as a string. We are unlikely to change this behavior in the near- or mid-term.
Box numerical sorting is so frustrating. Please fix it.
I know that Jack answered this feature is not planned for their reasons but I don't agree with that.
Although the current sorting behavior might be correct in the sense of a pure string comparison, it is only a justification from the perspective of implementation rather than practice or user experience.
It is quite natural for users to want the proposed numerical sorting especially in nowadays in which major operating systems sort in that way.
Same problem with the "_" character :
_test, a, b, c order in the Windows file Explorer with Box Drive (correct order)
a, b, c, _test order in the webapp (directories starting with a "_" are at the end)
Many documents are filed numerically. To not be able to have these sequential (and often this also mean chronologically) is extremely difficult. Please fix this issue.
Please update sorting rules to include numerical logic in alphabetical sorting. Right now, when I sort alphabetically, they sort "File 1, File 10, File 11, File 12, File 2, File 3" and so on. It is absolutely madenning.
When sorting files in box, it appears that although I can sort alphabetically, the coding does not account for alphanumerical naming conventions. For example, if I have File 1, File 2, File 3, and File 10, it will sort as the following: File 1, File 10, File 2, File 3. This is making me BONKERS. Please fix!
As said by everyone else, this is a very inefficient method of sorting files and I would like to see Box putting in some effort to fixing this 5 year old issue
Has this been solved? It is a very inconvenient and inefficient workflow. I hope Box finds a solution.
It's three yeas later and this is still ignored. This is the most absurd flaw that exists in Box, and makes it wholly unusable for certain applications.
This would be huge for us, thousands of files that are incorrectly sorted when uploaded to Box. Adding 0s to the start of these numbers to correct sorting just isn't feasible, and Macs auto-numbering feature won't do it, as there is no need for it on Macs since they sort by full number. Thank you. Hoping for a way to select this method of sorting soon.
Box Admin Admin commented
we noticed this 3 years ago and had to work around it. Not sure why it is this way.