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Filtering and Sorting

In the game you will be presented with lots of data. To get a better overview you often want to sort by specific columns, or even filter out unnecessary information altogether. Both can be easily done in Cosmic Supremacy.

Hover the mouse over a column header, this will highlight it. A simple click will sort the entire list according to the data represented by the column. Clicking again allows you to sort the data in ascending or descending fashion.

While hovering the mouse over the column header you will have noticed that some columns display one or even two icons right below the column: these icons are used for advanced sorting (icon on the left) and filtering (icon on the right) options.

Click the sorting icon (on the left), this will pop up a drop down menu with more available sorting options. The sorting icon is displayed if this column offers more than one possible sorting method. For instance “Population” column in the Planets Screen offers the following sorting options:

  • Sort by Planet-Population: sorts all planets by the number of population per planet.
  • Sort by Max Planet-Population: sorts all planets by the maximum population-count possible per planet.
  • Sort by Stationed Military: sorts by the number of stationed military per planet.
  • Sort by Percentage of Population Limit: sorts all planets by the ratio of population-count/max-population-count.

Click on any menu item to select this as the new sorting method for this column. After doing this, you can click the column header again to sort ascending or descending.

You can sort by multiple columns as well!

For example you want to sort by “Planet Population Count”, and for all those with equal population count you want to sort by “Stationed Military Count”.

To do so first click the Stationed Military column, which sets the secondary sort method. After that click the “Population” column and sort by “Planet Population Count”. This sets the primary sort method. Or in other words, sorting by “population count” leaves the order of equal entries intact, and since you ordered by stationed military count first, the order is retained from that previous sorting step. Of course this method works for as many sorting steps as you wish.

Next we have a look at Filtering.

Hover the mouse over the column header again and wait a second before the Filter icon appears (if this column supports filtering). Click the Filter icon (on the right).

The drop down menu lists the possible filtering options. Note how some entries offer you to filter by specific values (link style options). Click on the “link” to enter a value of your choice. By entering a number you will activate the filter at the same time. The filter gets applied while you type in the value, so you can see the result immediately.

You also have the option to inverse the current filter settings, or clear the filter altogether, which effectively turns the filter off and displays all available data.

There are a whole host of different filter methods. For instance you can filter by players. Click those player names whose information you are interested in, and leave all others unticked.

manual\filtering-and-sorting.txt · Last modified: 2012/02/26 22:17 by nongolf
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