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# ArrayList::Sort Method

Visual Studio 2010

Sorts the elements in the entire ArrayList.

Namespace:  System.Collections
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

## Syntax

```public:
virtual void Sort()
```

## Exceptions

ExceptionCondition
NotSupportedException

## Remarks

This method uses Array::Sort, which uses the QuickSort algorithm. The QuickStort algorithm is a comparison sort (also called an unstable sort), which means that a "less than or equal to" comparison operation determines which of two elements should occur first in the final sorted list. However, if two elements are equal, their original order might not be preserved. In contrast, a stable sort preserves the order of elements that are equal. To perform a stable sort, you must implement a custom IComparer interface to use with the other overloads of this method.

On average, this method is an O(n log n) operation, where n is Count; in the worst case it is an O(n^2) operation.

## Examples

The following code example shows how to sort the values in an ArrayList.

```
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections;
void PrintValues( IEnumerable^ myList );
int main()
{

// Creates and initializes a new ArrayList.
ArrayList^ myAL = gcnew ArrayList;

// Displays the values of the ArrayList.
Console::WriteLine( "The ArrayList initially contains the following values:" );
PrintValues( myAL );

// Sorts the values of the ArrayList.
myAL->Sort();

// Displays the values of the ArrayList.
Console::WriteLine( "After sorting:" );
PrintValues( myAL );
}

void PrintValues( IEnumerable^ myList )
{
IEnumerator^ myEnum = myList->GetEnumerator();
while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
{
Object^ obj = safe_cast<Object^>(myEnum->Current);
Console::WriteLine( "   {0}", obj );
}

Console::WriteLine();
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

The ArrayList initially contains the following values:
The
quick
brown
fox
jumps
over
the
lazy
dog

After sorting:
brown
dog
fox
jumps
lazy
over
quick
the
The
*/

```

## Version Information

#### .NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

#### .NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

## Platforms

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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