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I have another question for anyone, I want to number my watch list but when I do the numbers are never in order, Is there away to keep them numbered and in order?
TIA

• mod
edited March 2017
There's a little secret to numbering.

Your lists, and the stocks in your lists, are presented in alphabetical order. In computer-ese, alphabetical order means, special characters first, like ! @ # etc., then numbers, 0 1 2 3 etc. then letters A B C D, etc.

Numbers, or digits, are not read as numbers, though, they are read as characters. So a list of numbers in numerical order looks like this -

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16, etc.

but when listed alphabetically, they look like this

1 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

because "1" comes before "2", so it lists everything that starts with "1" before it lists something that start with "2". It doesn't care about the value of the number. It cares about what digit comes first in the sequence of characters that are digits.

So to take advantage of this when naming your watch lists, you first have to think about the highest number you are going to use. If that number has two digits, then ALL your lists must begin with two digits, so,

00 Raw scan results
01 Energy stocks
02 Materials stocks
03 etc.

If you will have a hundred or more lists, you could use three digits, and so on.

If you want to, you can get more creative with your list naming by using groups of numbers. For instance,

00 00 Raw scan results
00 10 MACD scan results
00 20 RSI scan results
01 00 All Energy stocks
01 01 Integrated Oil
01 02 Exploration and Production
etc.
02 00 All Material stocks
00 01 Chemical Stocks
00 02 Mining stocks
etc.
etc.

This allows you to group lists together. It also means you can add lists where you want them without having to re-name other lists.

The number groups can be any size, maybe 00 00 00, or 000 000 or 00 0, or whatever you want.

Or, if you don't want to use spaces, just use some number of digits that will allow you to group your lists they way you want - say, four:

1000 Raw scan results
2000 Energy
2100 Energy small caps
2200 Energy mid caps
2300 Energy big caps
3000 Materials
etc.

• thx you I appreciate your time