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SortDescription.Direction Property

Gets or sets a value that indicates whether to sort in ascending or descending order.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  WindowsBase (in WindowsBase.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: Not mapped to an xmlns.

public ListSortDirection Direction { get; set; }
<object Direction="ListSortDirection" .../>

Property Value

Type: System.ComponentModel.ListSortDirection
A ListSortDirection value to indicate whether to sort in ascending or descending order.

This example describes how to sort data in a view.

The following example creates a simple ListBox and a Button:

<Window x:Class="ListBoxSort_snip.Window1"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
    Title="ListBoxSort_snip" Height="300" Width="300">
    <DockPanel>
      <ListBox Name="myListBox" DockPanel.Dock="Top">
        <ListBoxItem>my</ListBoxItem>
        <!--Or you can set the content this way:-->
        <!--<ListBoxItem Content="my"/>-->
        <ListBoxItem>1</ListBoxItem>
        <ListBoxItem>Sort</ListBoxItem>
        <ListBoxItem>3</ListBoxItem>
        <ListBoxItem>ListBox</ListBoxItem>
        <ListBoxItem>2</ListBoxItem>
      </ListBox>
      <Button Click="OnClick" Width="30" Height="20" DockPanel.Dock="Top">Sort</Button>
    </DockPanel>
</Window>

The Click event handler of the button contains logic to sort the items in the ListBox in the descending order. You can do this because adding items to a ListBox this way adds them to the ItemCollection of the ListBox, and ItemCollection derives from the CollectionView class. If you are binding your ListBox to a collection using the ItemsSource property, you can use the same technique to sort.

private void OnClick(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    myListBox.Items.SortDescriptions.Add(
        new SortDescription("Content", ListSortDirection.Descending));
}

As long as you have a reference to the view object, you can use the same technique to sort the content of other collection views. For an example of how to obtain a view, see How to: Get the Default View of a Data Collection. For another example, see How to: Sort a GridView Column When a Header Is Clicked. For more information about views, see Binding to Collections in Data Binding Overview.

For an example of how to apply sorting logic in Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML), see How to: Sort and Group Data Using a View in XAML.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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