Thursday, September 18, 2008

Global Address List and special character sort order

I'm working on some material for a presentation and one of the topics is using special characters as part of the naming standard (when naming objects such as mail groups, conference rooms, etc...). If you use special characters in the display names of these objects, they will all sort together in the Global Address List. Here is a list of some of these characters along with the sort order (ascending to descending)

' (back tick)
- (hyphen)
! (exclamation)
# (pound symbol)
$ (dollar)
% (percent symbol)
& (ampersand)
( (open parenthesis)
) (close parenthesis)
* (asterisk)
@ (at symbol)
^ (carrot)
_ (underscore)
~ (tilde)
+ (plus)
= (equals)


At 10:21 PM, Blogger ziggy said...

Hi Jim

Is this order documented by Microsoft ?

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Jim McBee said...

Hi Ziggy! As far as I know, Microsoft does not publicly document this. I arrived at this list through some trial and error and creating a bunch of different recipient names. :-)

At 5:27 AM, Blogger Mobius said...

Jim, thank you for the information. I'm trying to make a determination on how best to name resources. Do you know if any of these special characters will appear at the bottom of a GAL sorted alphabetically? TIA!

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Hi Jim,

are there any way to use chars positioned AFTER all letters in the sort orders?

For example, I want "Service recipients", usually not used directly by users, to appear last in the GAL list...



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