Template:DEFAULTSORT

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{{DEFAULTSORT:<sort key>}} is a magic word used to modify the sequence of pages shown on category pages. The given sort key will be used when determining the position of the page in which DEFAULTSORT used, for the category page of each of the categories that follow. It is overridden if a Category: template tag has a specific sort key specified.

It is not necessary to use DEFAULTSORT at all if the article or page should be alphabetized according to its title (true for most articles).

For background information on how the pages in a category are ordered, see Help:Category#Default sort key.

Understanding DEFAULTSORT

By default, pages listed on a Category page are sorted by {{PAGENAME}}. It is possible to set a different sort key by using the {{DEFAULTSORT}} magic word.

In the case of multiple default sort key tags, the last DEFAULTSORT on the final rendering of a page applies for all categories, regardless of the position of the category tags. This also means that a DEFAULTSORT tag included from a template is not effective if another DEFAULTSORT tag occurs later on the page, even if the later DEFAULTSORT tag is also "hidden" (included by another template).

Placement

When using {{DEFAULTSORT}} to modify the default sort key, the magic word should be placed at the left margin of a new line, immediately above the line which begins the list of categories. For example, A typical article; titled: Forename Surname—could look like:

==Final section==
Final line of content in "final section".

{{Templates}}

{{Last metadata template
| LAST PARAMETER OF LAST METADATA TEMPLATE = Parameter content
}}
{{DEFAULTSORT:Surname, Forename}}
[[Category:Forename Surname| ]]

See also