# Specify sort order of link targets

Abstract

This topic shows how you can change the sort order in the Target drop-down menu in the Insert link and the Insert External Link dialogs in a General Link field.

This topic shows how you can change the sort order in the Target drop-down menu in the Insert link and the Insert External Link dialogs in a General Link field.

### Important

Before you change your Sitecore installation, back up the Core database and your solution.

## Change the sort order in the Insert Link dialog

To change the sort order of the list in the Target dropdown field in the Link Details form:

1. In the Sitecore Desktop, select the Core database.

2. In the Content Editor, navigate to the /sitecore/client/Business Component Library/version 1/Templates/Common/Text folder.

3. Add a field to store the sort order. The field has to be of the Single-Line Text type. Name the field, for example, SortOrder.

4. Navigate to the /sitecore/client/Applications/Dialogs/InsertLinkViaTreeDialog/PageSettings/Targets folder.

5. Set the value in the sort order you added in each target. Use the values 1, 2, and 3 to indicate the order.

6. Navigate to the /sitecore/client/Applications/Dialogs/InsertLinkViaTreeDialog/PageSettings/TargetsSearchPanelConfig item.

7. Set the value of the Sorting field to a, followed by the name of your sort order field, for example aSortOrder.

## Change the sort order in the Insert External Link dialog

To change the sort order of the list in the Target dropdown field in the Link Details form:

1. In the file system of the server where you host Sitecore, navigate to the sitecore\shell\Applications\Dialogs\ExternalLink folder under the web root of the Sitecore installation.

2. Open the ExternalLink.xml file, and locate this fragment:

<Combobox ID="Target" GridPanel.Width="100%" Width="100%" Change="OnListboxChanged">
<ListItem Value="Self" Header="Active browser"/>
</Combobox>
3. Arrange the ListItem nodes in the order you want.