Ability to sort applications from A to Z
In GNOME 3.38, the app grid was reworked so that users can now freely place applications wherever they want. While this opens up space for new customizations, it also adds more work because the user has to do the arrangement of the grid themselves. Users also need to remember the place they put an icon, something that can be difficult when, for example, an app has been removed and reinstalled from a different packaging system (for example RPM to Flatpak) and the icon does not go back to its former place. Of course, sorting apps from A to Z of course changes the layout every time a new application is installed, but does so in a predictable manner.
Currently, the layout can be 'reset' to A-Z using gsettings, but this does not restore the order of applications inside folders.
This feature request proposes the reversal of this behaviour to the previous behaviour where apps are sorted from A to Z. For me personally, I think arranging the apps myself takes a lot of effort and I'd rather have my computer handle this for me, and some other people have noted the same in this bug report.
How would you like it to work
I would like to see a button, possibly next to the search bar, in the application grid that allows the user to switch from a custom layout, an A-Z layout and the Frequent layout that was removed in 3.38 as well. This allows users that like more customization to create their own layout, but this allows users that like their DE to get out of their way to keep it that way as well.
Relevant links, screenshots, screencasts etc.
The original bug report this was discussed in: #3180