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GridView.SortDirection Property

Gets the sort direction of the column being sorted.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

[BrowsableAttribute(false)]
[PersistenceModeAttribute(PersistenceMode.InnerProperty)]
public virtual SortDirection SortDirection { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.WebControls.SortDirection
One of the SortDirection values. The default is SortDirection.Ascending.

Use the SortDirection property to determine whether the column being sorted is sorted in ascending or descending order.

NoteNote

The GridView control has a built-in sorting feature that automatically sets this property. This property is typically used only when you need to programmatically determine the sort direction or when you are adding your own custom sorting functionality to a GridView control.

The following example demonstrates how to use the SortDirection property to programmatically determine the sort direction of a GridView control.


<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

  void CustomersGridView_DataBound(Object sender, EventArgs e)
  {

    // Get the header row.
    GridViewRow headerRow = CustomersGridView.HeaderRow;   

    // Get the footer row.
    GridViewRow footerRow = CustomersGridView.FooterRow; 

    // Set the font color of the header and footer rows
    // based on the sort direction. 
    switch (CustomersGridView.SortDirection)
    {
      case SortDirection.Ascending:
        headerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Green;
        footerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Green;
        break;
      case SortDirection.Descending:
        headerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
        footerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
        break;
      default:
        headerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
        footerRow.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
        break;
    }

    // Display the sort order in the footer row.
    footerRow.Cells[0].Text = "Sort Order = " + CustomersGridView.SortDirection.ToString();

  }

</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridView HeaderRow and FooterRow Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>GridView HeaderRow and FooterRow Example</h3>

      <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView" 
        datasourceid="CustomersSource" 
        autogeneratecolumns="true"
        emptydatatext="No data available." 
        allowsorting="true"
        allowpaging="true" 
        showheader="true"
        showfooter="true"
        ondatabound="CustomersGridView_DataBound"    
        runat="server">

        <headerstyle backcolor="LightCyan"
          forecolor="MediumBlue"/>

        <footerstyle backcolor="LightCyan"
          forecolor="MediumBlue"/>

      </asp:gridview>

      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
      <!-- to the Northwind sample database. Use an ASP.NET     -->
      <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value   -->
      <!-- from the Web.config file.                            -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="CustomersSource"
        selectcommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>" 
        runat="server"/>

    </form>
  </body>
</html>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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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