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GridViewSortEventArgs.SortExpression Property

Gets or sets the expression used to sort the items in the GridView control.

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

Public Property SortExpression As String

Property Value

Type: System.String
The expression used to sort the items in the GridView control.

When the Sorting event is raised, you can use the SortExpression property to determine the sort expression that will be used to sort the GridView control when sort operation is performed. By default, the GridView control sorts a single column at a time. The sort expression simply contains the name of the field to sort. You can also sort multiple columns at a time by programmatically setting this property to a comma-separated list of field names.

The following example demonstrates how to use the SortExpression property to determine which column in a GridView control is being sorted. If the user attempts to sort the address column, the sort operation is canceled.

<%@ Page language="VB" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<script runat="server">

  Sub CustomersGridView_Sorting(sender As Object, e As GridViewSortEventArgs)

    ' Cancel the sorting operation if the user attempts
    ' to sort by address.
    If e.SortExpression = "Address" Then

      e.Cancel = True
      Message.Text = "You cannot sort by address."
      SortInformationLabel.Text = ""


      Message.Text = ""

    End If

  End Sub

  Sub CustomersGridView_Sorted(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)

    ' Display the sort expression and sort direction.
    SortInformationLabel.Text = "Sorting by " & _
      CustomersGridView.SortExpression.ToString() & _
      " in " & CustomersGridView.SortDirection.ToString() & _
      " order."

  End Sub


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

      <h3>GridView Sorted and Sorting Example</h3>

      <asp:label id="Message"


      <asp:label id="SortInformationLabel"


      <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView" 
        emptydatatext="No data available." 


      <!-- 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%>" 


.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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