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Assign seating by order of precedence
'Order of precedence' seating is where guests are sat according to their precedence, rank, name of their organization or some other criteria. It is often used at more formal events, such as military and diplomatic events.
Click on the Sort button at the top of the Guests pane and order your guests in the order you want them to be assigned. You can set a special, non-alphabetic ordering by title or suffix.
You can order by custom fields, such as precedence or seniority.
Lock any guests you don't want to (re)assigned.
The order in which seats are filled depends on whether Seat numbers is set to clockwise or anti-clockwise for each table/row.
Select File>Auto Assign Seats.