Reordering Link to Another Table column items

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7 - App Architect
7 - App Architect

Is there a way to reorder the items in a link column? Right now, they display in the reverse order in which they were entered, and I can’t find a way to change the order other than deleting and re-adding. It would be handy to be able to control the order in which they display.

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4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Converting a comma-separated list to a Linked Record clearly reverses the order, which is undesirable behavior when order matters.

“Rehabilitation Center, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy”

clearly becomes

“Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Center”

Interestingly enough, when I copied the linked record field into this message, it reverses it yet again.

I looked throughout the community for a workaround to no avail. Any updates here? Any help is appreciated.


Adam, If you add a lookup field of the “list field” it will reverse the order. In other words it will appears in chronological order. You can then use this lookup field for displaying the correct order; first to last unlike linked field where last link is always displayed first… Good luck.

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Hi, has this issue been addressed yet? I’m still seeing the same issues on linked tables. The lookup ‘work around’ doesn’t link to the source data which I’d like to retain. How can this be addressed?

Thanks Ben

Hi @ben_L, have a look at this reply it might help you. Lookup integer sorting order

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

2020, we need an update on this issue. Array ordering is very important, and the UI suggests order can be retained. However the API just returns the plain reverse order, messing with any system that depends on Airtable.

We need an official backing this up, and documenting this mess. I cannot send editors around now manually reversing every list they have created, if this is clearly a bug and should be fixed on Airtable side.

What is the official stance on this? Please don’t let this die in the useless self-help forums…

Hi Lukas, I don’t think it’s a bug. It is quiet logical to have the last link on top of the list. Now the solution is very easy and you don’t have to manually change the order but instead create a Rollup field that will come in the opposite order of the linked field. Just read my previous post just above yours. we use my solution for printing packing lists and it is the only solution that I’m aware of right now. When I contacted support last year they were not even aware that it could be a problem. Good luck.
BTW a Rollup field always comes into reverse order… I hope they will never fix the rollup order otherwise we’ll be screwed.