Force-sorting is the process
of re-naming a file, folder or other computer information in order
to control the order
in which information is displayed in a device, generally a portable music player or cellular phone.
A common examples is the addition of punctuation or additional numbers
or letters to artists names in a software program like
iTunes so that they
appear early or later in your
For instance, renaming
"Loudon Wainwright III" as "!Loudon" in order
to ensure that Loudon Appears at the top of a list of names.
Other examples included adding additional
spaces, changing "Elissa Robbins" into "E lissa
Robbins," so that your best friend
appears at the top of the list of "E"s in your
cellular telephones address book.
I went to call Charles
and instead of having
to scroll down past Caleb, Carl, and Cecilia, I luckily
had used force-sorting and as a result, he appeared at the top of the list as C harles.