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PropertyGrid.PropertySort Property

Gets or sets the type of sorting the PropertyGrid uses to display properties.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in

public PropertySort PropertySort { get; set; }
/** @property */
public PropertySort get_PropertySort ()

/** @property */
public void set_PropertySort (PropertySort value)

public function get PropertySort () : PropertySort

public function set PropertySort (value : PropertySort)

Not applicable.

Property Value

One of the PropertySort values. The default is PropertySort.Categorized or PropertySort.Alphabetical.

Exception typeCondition


The assigned value is not one of the PropertySort values.

When you set the PropertySort property, the appearance of the property sort buttons on the grid changes to reflect the current state of the property. Setting PropertySort to PropertySort.NoSort causes the properties to be displayed in the order they were retrieved.

Setting PropertySort to both Alphabetical and Categorized is the same as setting PropertySort to Categorized alone. The categorized view is always shown as alphabetical.


To do custom sorting, implement ICustomTypeDescriptor on the component to return the properties in the desired order.

The following code example demonstrates initializing a PropertyGrid control using the PropertySort, ToolbarVisible properties. In addition, this example sets the PropertyGrid control's Visible property to false so the grid will not be visible when the example is run. To run this example paste the following code in a form and call the InitializePropertyGrid method from the form's constructor or Load event-handling method. To view the property grid when the form is running, change the grid's Visible property to true, recompile, and rerun the form.

// Declare a propertyGrid.
internal PropertyGrid propertyGrid1;

// Initialize propertyGrid1.
private void InitializePropertyGrid()
    propertyGrid1 = new PropertyGrid();
    propertyGrid1.Name = "PropertyGrid1";
    propertyGrid1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(185, 20);
    propertyGrid1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(150, 300);
    propertyGrid1.TabIndex = 5;

    // Set the sort to alphabetical and set Toolbar visible
    // to false, so the user cannot change the sort.
    propertyGrid1.PropertySort = PropertySort.Alphabetical;
    propertyGrid1.ToolbarVisible = false;
    propertyGrid1.Text = "Property Grid";

    // Add the PropertyGrid to the form, but set its
    // visibility to False so it will not appear when the form loads.
    propertyGrid1.Visible = false;


Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, 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, 1.1, 1.0