I want to use the menu order attribute to control ordering for a custom post type that's going to be used for a specific purpose.

It's easy enough to add this to the CPT via supports => array('page-attributes') but how do I expose the menu order value on the admin listing screen for this CPT?

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OK - in the end turned out to be fairly simple - as I'd had some kind of mental block - menu_order is a variable in the $post object (thanks to @brady for reminding me of that). @scribu's post on creating sortable column values then gives the rest. So, assuming the custom post type is called header_text, these are the functions and hooks that are needed: Add a new column for the order /** * add order column to admin listing screen for header text */ function add_new_header_text_column($header_text_columns) {
$header_text_columns['menu_order'] = "Order"; return$header_text_columns;
}


Render the column values

/**
* show custom order column values
*/
function show_order_column($name){ global$post;

switch ($name) { case 'menu_order':$order = $post->menu_order; echo$order;
break;
default:
break;
}
}


Set the column to be sortable

/**
* make column sortable
*/
function order_column_register_sortable($columns){$columns['menu_order'] = 'menu_order';
return $columns; } add_filter('manage_edit-header_text_sortable_columns','order_column_register_sortable');  - In WP 3.1, manage_edit-${post_type}_columns has been supplanted by manage_\${post_type}_posts_columns: codex –  ptriek May 29 '13 at 7:24
Is there really just not way to make this the default ordering? Like Pages? –  Howdy_McGee Sep 3 '13 at 21:13

It's been too long, but just for the record, you can display the 'menu order' option in the admin, just by including 'page-attributes' in the 'supports' option array. For example:

    register_post_type( 'columna',
array(
'labels' => array(
'name' => __( 'Columnas' ),
'singular_name' => __( 'Columna' ),
),
'supports' => array( 'title', 'thumbnail', 'excerpt', 'page-attributes' ),
'public' => true,
'has_archive' => false,

'hierachical' => true