How Do I Change the Order of My YouTube Playlist?

While the order in which YouTube plays funny cat videos does not particularly matter, other types of playlists can contain videos that should be played in a specific order -- lectures, podcasts or webisodes, for example, You can reorder a YouTube playlist either manually by dragging tracks up and down in the playlist editor -- a feature you can access from the YouTube Guide -- or automatically by editing the playlist's settings.

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Editing the Order Manually

Step

Visit YouTube and log in to the website. Click on the three horizontal stripes near the YouTube logo at the top of the page to open the Guide.

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Guide button near the YouTube logo
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List of playlists in the YouTube Guide
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Select the playlist you wish to edit from the Guide.

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Gray bar at the left edge of a video
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Hover your mouse over the left edge of the first video you want to move up or down the list until a gray bar appears and your mouse cursor turns into a four-headed arrow.

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Selected video being dragged down the playlist.
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Step

Click and hold your mouse button down. You can now drag the video to a higher or lower spot in the playlist. Once you are satisfied with the video's position, release your mouse button. Repeat this process for each video whose position in the playlist you want to modify. YouTube automatically saves the edits you make to your playlist.

Automatically Sorting the Playlist

Step

Click on the "Playlist settings" in the YouTube playlist editor. You can open the editor by selecting the name of the playlist you want to edit from the YouTube Guide.

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"Playlist settings" button in the playlist editor
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"Ordering" drop-down menu on the playlist settings window
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Step

Open the "Ordering" drop-down menu and select how you wish YouTube to sort your playlist -- including any video you add to it in the future.

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"Save" button at the bottom of the playlist settings window.
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Click on "Save" to save your new playlist settings.