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In my Blender project I have collections like so:

Screenshot of Blender Outliner

And I would like to manually reorder the objects within the collections. For example, within the collection named Fat Donuts, I would like the order to be:

Letter D...
Letter O...
Letter N...
Letter U...
Letter T...
Letter S....

I cannot get those items to change order using straight drag-and-drop. I did notice that the order is initially based upon the order in the items are placed into the collection.

I have turned off sorting as you can see here:

Screenshot of outliner filter options

I know it is possible to manually reorder elements within collections, but I cannot figure out how to do it.

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As you've mentioned, uncheck 'Sort Alphabetically' first to allow manual arrangement. After doing that you should be able to reorder the layers by clicking and dragging them around. The dark highlight over a collection indicates that you're joining your current selection to another and the dark line indicates that you're placing a collection above/below another collection. Holding down control while dragging a collection parents the current selection to the one you're dragging it into but still allows it to be higher up the hierachy.

Maybe this question was asked before a newer Blender release and a potential issue was resolved. (Using Blender 2.81a)

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, this was indeed fixed in a newer release, so I am going to mark it as resolved. $\endgroup$ Jan 22 '20 at 14:02
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    $\begingroup$ Seems like it doesn't work in version 2.91.0. I've disabled "Sort Alphabetically" but objects are still don't reorder when I drag them. $\endgroup$ Jan 12 at 13:07
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    $\begingroup$ Same here. Not working for 2.92 Beta $\endgroup$
    – ManuelGPz
    Feb 23 at 23:54

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