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How to Change the Sort Order of Contact List Groups

How to Change the Sort Order of Contact List Groups

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Office Communicator allows you to create groups to sort your contacts.  You can also arranged those groups in any order you see fit.  So you can move a group that you use frequently to the top of the list, and move others to the bottom.  But have you ever wanted to reset that order back to default?  Maybe you'd rather have the groups alphabetized.  If you have a lot of groups, doing this manually might be tedious.  Instead there is an easier way.  If you open regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Communicator\<SIP URI>\GroupStateCacheU

If you have moved groups around, you will see the following value.  If you haven't moved the groups around, this value will not be there:

SortGroups     REG_BINARY

If you delete this value, close Communicator, and sign back in, you will see that your groups have been reordered.

 

Before

After

*One thing to note is that the Recent Contacts group will always be the first group in the list.  You can always turn off the Recent Contacts group if you don't want it shown in the contact list.

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  • @Sasuke Xia

    Unfortunately, there is no way to sort the groups server-side.

  • Thats great...helps a lot...Thanks

  • This is not working for Lync 2012. Anyone has any solution to arrange groups alphabetically? I have the maximum number of groups in Lync and it's not too tempting to order them manually

  • Thank you, great tip.  It was very frustrating when you have a lot of groups out of order.

  • Is there some way to sort by Groups and Status at the same time?

  • @dave

    Communicator 2007 R2 has an option called "Group Contacts by Availability".  If you do this as well as sort the groups, that should give you what you're looking for.  Lync 2010 should have a similar option as well.

  • Except it doesn't WORK. Groups are sorted in random order.

  • Thanks.  This worked for me.  My IT help line had no clue.

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