When creating a picklist, is there any way to ensure the picklist items remain in the same order they are entered? I assumed saving the view would work, however the options were re-sorted in alphabetical order anyway. Aside from using 1,2,3,4 etc. which will look messy, is there any way to keep them in the original order?
At the moment picklists do not feature a display order, but as you say, they can be controlled with a numeric prefix. We may add display order control in the future.
I appreciate numerical or single letter prefixes aren't ideal, but they look ok and achieve a result. They also make reporting and filtering quick easy.
e.g. Consider an example where you are working with sales leads for people looking to buy a car. The Sales Lead record has a custom field and picklist that records the "Body type", prefixed with a number and bracket:
If you want to filter or report on the leads that involve hatchback and estate cars you can filter on "Body type > contains > 1,2". This saves you having to type each name. In a large list this can save a lot of time.
I hope you find this information useful.