Reorder variable collections list

Hey all thanks for the feedback here. I’ve gone ahead and moved this topic into the Share an idea category which will allow for votes. I’ll also be sharing this with the variables team! :slight_smile:

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Facing the same issue

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We absolutely need this feature! This should have been part of the initial release!

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+1. Expected collections to be sorted alphabetically within the color picker menu. Ideally could sort libraries to encourage semantic token usage

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This is a desperate need!
I actually used the variable import/export plugin to export the collections then import them back in the correct order, but everything became unlinked. I re-linked everything and it worked fine for a short while, but I re-ordered some variables within a collection and the order got messed up again? Can’t figure out the logic of the ordering in the fill menu…
As said above, we are likely importing a large amount of swatches in the form of colour palettes therefore its essential we can put these raw primitives at the bottom of this list, otherwise encouraging the use of these variables is a drag because of this pain point.

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Yep, lame.

When you open the fill styles in other files, it doesn’t even matter how the variable groups are organized inside the collection (like bringing your global colors at the top so that others can pick them without scrolling down for days).

The arrangement is the same as when it was originally imported/created. Nonetheless, it does show the correct ordering in its root file. Why it wouldn’t work elsewhere where that library is in use is a mystery to me.

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Same issue here. Added a new color collection for a partner and now it’s the first thing you see when you pick a fill/stroke :roll_eyes:

Same here! Reorder and hide are very much needed!

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Encountered this issue awhile back and it still has not been fixed till date… it has been a huge pain especially for colours when it comes to management of the design system using variables.

The unintended colours (i.e. global colours) move to the top when published and there is no way or possible workaround to reorder it.

I have tried numbering and using alphabets to reorder the variable tabs but to no avail.

:fire::fire::fire: Hope the Figma team comes through for us as always and fixes this! :fire::fire::fire:

Any update on this? I wanted to rearrange my colors so that I could find colors easily from the library but I’m finding no option to do so. It’s such a pain searching for the colors scrolling all the way down or even typing it which should be closer to the top of the scroll.

Hey Josh, any updates on this? There’s been a lot of interest since July, and its a real pain point. Just on my team (a small one) our variables menu is opened 100+ times per day per person, which means this annoyance happens for our team over 1,000 times per day. Hope you can pass on this continued sentiment to the variables team. Thanks!

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Bumping. Any updates with this? It’s made designing at least twice as longer, and now requires so much keystrokes to find the color I need when it just took a mouse click before :weary:

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Another must have, also everyone please upvote copy/move groups into other collections. Thanks

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We desperately need some way to sort variables. Ideally they’d respect the order from the local variables panel. Having them sort by creation date is really going to hinder our adoption of tokens. This is critical.

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Having the same issue, I created the primitives before the tokens (which is logical lol) so now I’m stuck with the way they are displayed in all of my files…

We definitely need a fix for that please Figma :smiling_face_with_tear:

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I think I found a solution for that problem – in the Local variables menu you can drag and drop the single variables and they’ll appear in that order once you open the color list. Hope that helps :slight_smile:

Yeah, this has been quite the annoyance. I don’t need the primitives first. Leads to so much unnecessary scrolling

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Please fix this, we need to be able to reorder collections. Thanks

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A link to that Share topic would have been helpful Josh.

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