Lists: A tutorial on various workarounds

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Printing a List Without Pictures

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You can print from edit mode, although this still includes small thumbnail posters.

If
you want to print pure text content from a list then our recommendation
is to export it and print from Excel or Google Docs or any compatible
software.  Click the three dots in the upper right of any list page and
choose "Export" from the menu which appears:



Load
the file into your preferred software and you can pick exactly which
fields to include in the print; much more flexible than any option we
could offer directly in the interface (and with many more data fields
available).
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Printing a List Without Pictures (continued)

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For example from http://www.imdb.com/list/ls027959285/ here's the start of a print of the data sorted by number of IMDb votes, showing only the title and director(s):

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Commonly Used Acronyms

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  • "GS" or "Get Sat" for Get Satisfaction
  • "ATS" for Advanced Title Search
  • "ANS" for Advanced Name Search
  • "WAB" for Without a Box
There are probably some other uncommon acronyms that might be common around the IMDb community's discussion venues.
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Sorting a Title List by Ratings

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You can use an Advanced Title Search to sort any title list in rating order. If you are logged in, you will see under Lists
Include: a list of your title lists.

1. Select one of your lists under Lists Include.
2. Select User Rating Descending (or other sorting options) under Display Options.
3. Click the yellow Search button.

For example, this is one of my lists sorting in descending order of user ratings:
Highest Rated Titles In Your "All 151 Oscar-Qualifying Documentaries for 2013" List
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?lists=ls052183003&sort=user_rating,desc
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Removing Items From an IMDb List

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I'm assuming that you are doing this from the IMDb web page. This functionality is slightly different for mobile devices.

Please follow these steps to remove a title from a title list.

1. Make certain you are logged into your account.
2. Go to the list page you wish to edit.
3. Click the three vertical dots. Three options should appear:
  • Edit
  • Export
  • Settings
4. Click Edit. You should see the list with check boxes in front of the titles.
5. Click the boxes of the titles you wish to delete. You should see a blue check in those boxes. The links for MOVE TO COPY TO and DELETE should become active.
6. Click DELETE.You should see a dialogue box asking:
Are you sure you want to delete?
7. Click DELETE in the dialogue box. The titles should be deleted from the page.
8. Click the blue DONE button.
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Removing an Invalid Item From an Image List

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For those who need to remove invalid items from an image list.

1. Edit the image list. The items will be marked, "This item does not exist". For example:


2. Select the items.

3. Click delete.

4. Click Done at the top of the page.
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Searching for IMDb Lists

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Until IMDb adds the ability to search for a list with IMDb you can use Google to do this kind of search.

This is the general form to add to the search box:
site:imdb.com/list {search terms}

where {search terms} is word or phrase for which you are searching.

For instance, if you are search for lists related to Christmas.

Enter, this in the Google search box.
site:imdb.com/list Christmas

This produces the link:
https://www.google.com/search?ei=8642WvCdCMvImAHL5a24Dg&q=site%3Aimdb.com%2Flist+Christmas&o...

You,
other IMDb users and I have requested an indigenous IMDb list search
for the last five years. Such a search would be more convenient and
useful. However, this approach works fine in most cases.

If you agree that a list search facility would be useful,
you can indicate your support by clicking the "+LIKE" button
or by posting a reply on the request thread at:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/i_think_a_search_engine_for_list_name_is_necessary
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Filtering and Sorting Ratings; Compact View of Ratings

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You can not currently filter your rating on your Ratings page. Fortunately, you can use the Advanced Title Search to filter your ratings.

For instance:
Most Popular Action Titles You Have Seen
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?count=250&genres=action&my_ratings=restrict&view=simple

To filter your ratings:
1. Select Advanced Search from the drop down menu next to the search box on most IMDb pages.

2. On the Advanced Search click Advanced Title Search.

3. On the Advanced Title Search page:
3a. Under Genres select a genre, such as Action.
3b. Under Your Ratings select Restrict to Titles I've Seen.
3c. Under Display Options select your display options. For this example I chose Compact 250 per page sorted by Popularity Ascending.
3d. Click the yellow Search button.

= = =

Admittedly, this is not as convenient as being able to filter on your ratings page. However, this provide similar functionality.

= = =

In Advanced Title Search under Your Ratings you can select:
  • Include All Titles

  • Exclude Titles I've Seen

  • Restrict to Titles I've Seen
"Seen" means titles that you have either rated or marked as seen.

In addition, you can also filter by:
  • Title Type
  • Release Date
  • User Rating (ratings by IMDb users)
  • Number of Votes
  • Genres
  • Title Groups (IMDb defined groups such as IMDb "Top 250")
  • Title Data
  • Companies
  • Instant Watch Options
  • US Certificates
  • Color Info
  • Countries
  • Keywords
  • Languages
  • Filming Locations
  • Popularity
  • Plot
  • Cast/Crew
  • Runtime
  • In Theaters


  • Adult Titles (Exclude or 
    Include)
  • Lists (whether or not the title is in one of your lists)
Finally you can control how the information is displayed.
  • Detailed or Compact
  • 50, 100 or 250 titles per page
You can also select how the titles are sorted:


= = =

Also, on your profile page (http://www.imdb.com/user/ur64640683/), you should still be able to see Ratings Analysis. If you click See more▼ , you will see these distributions:
  • Rating Distribution
  • By Year
  • Top-Rated Genres
  • Top-Rated Years
If you double click one of the bars for By Year, you will see something like this:

Most Popular Titles You Have Seen, Released 1999-01-01 to 1999-12-31
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&explore=title_type,genres&year=1999,199...


If you double click one of one of the bars for Top-Rated Genres, you will see something like this:
Most Popular Drama Titles You Have Seen
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&explore=title_type&genres=drama


If you double click one of one of the bars for Top-Rated Years, you will see something like this:


Note: This only works double click on the bars in Ratings Analysis for your own profile page. This does not work for Ratings Analysis for another user's profile page.
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3 Options for Viewing a Title List Compactly

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If all you need is the title, then either Compact view from Advanced Title Search or this bookmarklet, or the Seen functionality described here
give you 3 solutions to viewing a list in short form. (Beware that Seen
will display the full list in 1 page, so a long list will take a long
time to load, and ATS has no option to sort by List Order.)

I, too, miss Compact Mode and hope they bring it back soon, along with drag
& drop order change. But these solutions help me in the meantime.
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Adding Short Films to List

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This is a bug introduced with or after the Dec 6 Update to List Pages.
It's a known bug, and I think they said they were looking into it, but
don't quote me on that.

For now, just go to the Title's page, and hover your mouse over the Add to Watchlist flag, and add the title to your list.


Or, if you know the title id of the title, you can enter that in the Edit Mode, Add Title box.
For the title with URL 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031120/
the title id is tt0031120
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Advanced Title Search for Lists NOT Your Own

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Even if you've never created a list, you can use Advanced Title Search (ATS hereafter) to analyze someone else's list beyond the Refine dialog (present just above the first title). Here's how.

Let's say you want to find the English language titles on the list http://www.imdb.com/list/ls027141736/ "Missing from the Top 250." You will need the List ID from this URL, namely ls027141736

Go to ATS,
select English in the Language box, select one of your own lists (can
be your Watchlist, even if it's empty), and Search. The URL will look
like this:
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?languages=en&lists=watchlist
Now highlight the word "watchlist" in the URL box, and paste the target
List ID (ls027141736) instead, which should look like this:
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?languages=en&lists=ls027141736
Hit or tap on the go icon, and you get the search results for the target list.

If
you want to compare 2 lists, say titles that are Included in one list,
but Exclude titles in another, then set that up in ATS, and replace the
List ID's in the resulting URL just as we did for one List ID above (be
careful not to lose the "!" that immediately precedes the Exclude list):
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?languages=en&lists=watchlist,!checkins

Hopefully IMDb will make this friendlier in the future. If you'd like to encourage that, vote for this suggestion at the IMDb forum.
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Adding Search Results to a List

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This is a workaround for the absence of Ratings Refine/Sort features.

ATS (Advanced Title Search) only allows you to select your Ratings by a
range of IMDb User ratings, and then Sort by Your own ratings, which is
not the same thing at all.

Nor does ATS (or any other
functionality that I know of) provide for a 2 layer sort, as you might
do in a spreadsheet: Sort primarily by Your Rating, and secondarily by
User rating.

If you want to look at just your
10's by IMDb User rating (or other sort criteria), I'd suggest you make a
custom list of those titles, and then you can Refine and Sort them with
any of those features of a custom list. I believe you said there were
about 170 of them. Here's the most efficient way I can think to do this
(with very detailed instructions in case you never made a list before):
  • Create the target list
  • Perform your search. You probably want your results in Compact View.
  • On each title you want on your new list, click on the + icon off to
    the right of the title & ratings. (If you already have titles in
    your Watchlist, remember the first title you add, so you'll be sure to
    stop at the right point in the move step below.)
  • Go to your Watchlist, and tap on Edit
  • Within Edit, select the titles to Move To the target list, and tap
    Move To, and select that target (likely at the top of the selections,
    unless you did other list edits since creating it.) Repeat this until
    all the appropriate titles have been moved.
  • When you're done, mouse-over your ID on the upper right corner of the
    page, select Your Lists, and select the list you just populated.
  • Refine and Sort to your heart's content. And you can even use ATS on lists to refine further.
Going forward, as you rate another title as 10, add it to this
list. If you use standard view of the title page, you can just mouse-over
the large + icon to the left of the title, and select the list to add
it to. If you use Reference View, then you'll need to go to the list,
Edit it, and Add Title.
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