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Rearranging Custom fields

How can I rearrange how my custom fields lay out? I just want to move them around a bit.

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Just click on Custom Fields in any card on a board that uses Custom Fields. 

On your list of custom fields that appear, hover over the left hand side of the field you wish to move. Your curser will change to a moving icon. Click and drag the custom field to the position you wish to appear. Done!

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When I do it, sometimes the popup list and how it actually is gets out of sync.

The best way I have found to handle this is to just make 1 change at a time; closing and reopening the popup each time. (Most of the time, I need to do the same action twice before it actually works.)

It's a bit annoying that the desync exists, but eventually it gets where I need it.

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Iain Dooley Community Leader Mar 05, 2019

@Jennifer McCammon there's no function to do this, but there is a SUPER LONG WINDED AND CIRCUITOUS way to do this if you have a bunch of data that you don't want to lose.

The good news about Custom Fields is that:

1) When you move cards between boards with the custom fields power up enabled, the data is preserved between boards AND;

2) The order of the fields is preserved based on the board you move the cards *into*

As such, what you can do is create a second board, enable the custom fields power up, move all your lists into that board, delete all the custom fields on the original board, recreate them in the correct order, then move all your lists back.

Bit of a pain, but possible. Practise on a couple of dummy boards and take a backup first ;)

This is definitely an option. It just makes you want to look ahead as much as possible when designing the format.

Iain Dooley Community Leader May 28, 2020

@David Curtis I later found out you can do this directly in the interface! The very first time I tried soon after custom fields were introduced I couldn’t do it for some reason but either I had it wrong or they introduced the feature later, because now if you hover over the left bit of the field you can reorder them in the interface :)

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Can you provide more detail on how you did this because I can not make it work.

Thanks.

When you are in the Custom Fields Power Up on the right side of the card in question, you will see your Custom Fields from Top to bottom. Move your mouse to the left of the field you want to move and a "+" will appear. Click and drag the field into the new order.

 

Hope this helps.

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It works! Thanks

Wow it worked 

OK, they could make that way more obvious

It looks like it's also possible to rearrange custom fields through the Trello API, i.e. with the following curl (https://curl.haxx.se/) command:

curl -X PUT -H "Content-Type: application/json" "https://api.trello.com/1/customfields/<custom-field-ID>?key=<key>&token=<token>" -d '{"pos":"1"}'

See also https://developers.trello.com/reference#customfieldsid. Substitute <custom-field-ID> for the ID of the custom field, <key> and <token> by the API key and token, and change the value of "pos" to a value that gives the desired custom field order when sorted in ascending order.

Custom field IDs and position values can be gleaned from

https://api.trello.com/1/board/<board-ID>/customFields?key=<key>&token=<token>

Did you get it to work?

@Bryan Dumaguina, yes, it worked fine for me back in November.

Glad I could help out.

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