I admit I am anal about organization, and have developed a nomenclature for all my play lists. Now they apparently sort based on the recent usage, not how I want to show.

Is there any way to go back to the way I like - in other words, in my case, alphabetical and then by the play list number. For example - Aqua 1, Aqua 2, etc. My play lists are currently all over the place.

  • Welcome to Ask Different. Could you edit a little into the post? iTunes runs on many OS, and there are lots of versions of the program. Maybe a screen shot of what is wrong uploaded is a quick way to get someone to dig into your issue.
    – bmike
    Jan 25, 2016 at 20:12

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The question isn't about track order. It is specifically referring to playlist order in the left column of playlist view.

Yes, this is a bug with the current iTunes (12.3.2). When clicking on a playlist it tends to jump to the bottom of the folder list rather than staying alphabetically organized. Hopefully this will get fixed with the next update. But I am running El Capitan Beta 10.11.4 and it has not been fixed yet. I've submitted multiple bug reports.

Quitting and restarting iTunes temporarily fixes the issue.


Open the iTunes list of items, then click on the name column. This will sort tracks by alphabetical/ reverse alphabetical order.

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