# How can I sort questions by date(s) on the all-Stack Exchange search results page?

How can I sort questions that are returned to queries on the overall Stack Exchange search (so not a meta site, nor a main site like Stack Overflow), by date?

For example, how could I sort the questions that are returned on the query: banana pancakes by:

1. Date of asking the question
2. Date of accepting the answer
4. Date of last modification

Most answers on meta related to search appear to refer to a filtering options (for dates), e.g. constraining a search to a range of dates, however, the resulting questions to such a query are not (necessarily) sorted on date.

There's currently no system supported way to sort search results for the all-Stack Exchange search. However, you can do so manually within the currently displayed page by executing some JavaScript.

Personally, I like to see lots of results on a single page, so I normally manually set the number of responses per page to 100 (the maximum), by adding &pagesize=100 to the URL. Given that the tab=newest parameter you provided on your example search URL does nothing, that would give a URL for your example search of https://stackexchange.com/search?q=banana%20pancakes&pagesize=100.

I keep the JavaScript which I use to sort a page of results by date in a bookmarklet. That code is:

javascript:void (function() {
function getEpochFromDateInTitle(el) {
return (new Date($(el).find('.relativetime')[0].title.replace(/ /, 'T'))).valueOf(); } const searchResults =$('.search-results').addClass('makyen-is-sorted').toggleClass('makyen-sort-order');
const sortOrder = searchResults.hasClass('makyen-sort-order') ? 1 : -1;
searchResults.prepend(\$('.search-results > .question').toArray().sort((a, b) => (sortOrder * (getEpochFromDateInTitle(b) - getEpochFromDateInTitle(a)))));
})()


Having the code in a bookmarklet allows me to sort the search results with just a click. The above code is written such that executing the code again will reverse the sort order, so you can toggle back and forth between newest first and oldest first.

• makyen-is-sorted ... so true ... – rene Dec 16 '20 at 7:34
• Thank you! As the wiki in your answer says: Installation of a bookmarklet is performed by creating a new bookmark, and pasting the code into the URL destination field. So in particular for firefox I had to show the bookmarks bar > MB on Bookmarks Toolbar > Create a new bookmark > Copy your Javascript code in the Location field of the bookmark > Open the banana pancakes search on Stack Exchange:stackexchange.com/search?q=banana%20pancakes&pagesize=100 > click on the newly created bookmark. That indeed sorted the questions on answered or asked date. – a.t. Dec 16 '20 at 14:26