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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)

public virtual SortDirection SortDirection { get; }
/** @property */
public SortDirection get_SortDirection ()

public function get SortDirection () : SortDirection

Not applicable.

Property Value

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 code 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>


Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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