Thanks Greg for the response. That's unfortunate that they removed that option from the interface (it was definitely there in PSE 8, which was the version I upgraded from). I will give your solution a try, though it is quite a clumsy workaround for something that was so easy to do before (and that I do very frequently).
I am very surprised about the loss of an option in the album sort orders. I just had a look at catalogs in PSE6 and PSE10 and did not find anything. Furthermore, I remember well that the workaround suggested by Greg was already discussed in various forums for older versions. I believe that the only change in recent versions has been the sort order displayed by default.
You can always switch from date order to album order when you want. The date order is based on files properties and it ignores the 'playlist' you have previously defined. So, if you want to start with an automatic date sort and change the album sort order by moving around, follow the steps:
- create an empty new album
- select the original album
- set it to date order
- select all
- drag and drop the new album name from the album list on the left to anyone of the highlighted items in the browsing space.
Now, the catalog copy is the same in date order as in album order.
You can set it to album order and organize as you want. The date order is not changed, the original catalog is still there and available until you decide to delete it.