Filter Orders by Category with Square KDS
Before you begin
Filtering orders by category on your KDS helps you route items and orders to specified KDS screens, increasing your team’s efficiency to prep orders faster with the relevant order information available for each kitchen station.
Filter by item categories
Go to your Square Dashboard to use your account default item categories for filtering:
On your Square Dashboard create categories for your items.
Assign items to the category.
Go into your KDS to choose which categories you want to route to the KDS screen.
Filter by kitchen categories
Part 1: Turn on kitchen categories.
On your Square Dashboard navigate to Devices > Kitchen Settings > Kitchen Routing.
Toggle on Use Kitchen routing categories on KDS.
If you have not created kitchen categories, click Create New Category and assign items to your new kitchen category. You can return to Item Settings at any time to edit which items are assigned to which kitchen category.
Part 2: Choose which categories will route to the KDS screen.
On your Square KDS, go to Settings > Routing > Item & Categories.
Confirm you see the list of kitchen categories (if not visible, go back and check the Kitchen Routing page on your Square Dashboard).
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