Have you ever had a long SharePoint list that you wanted paged by the first letter of a column rather than by simply picking the number of items you wanted on each page?
That’s exactly what I ran into the other day. I had a list just short of 3000 medications that medical staff at work needs to reference. They needed the list to be sorted alphabetically and be able to quickly jump to the various medications based on the first letter of the medication name.
After doing some searching I found this post that solved the issues and performed exactly as I was hoping – http://mdasblog.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/alpha-selection-of-list-items/
Additionally, here is a tutorial video that was posted in the comments of the blog posting that was very helpful.