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GridDataColumnSettings.SortMode Property

Specifies how the control sorts data in a column (a row for ASPxVerticalGrid).

Namespace: DevExpress.Web

Assembly: DevExpress.Web.v23.1.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Web


public ColumnSortMode SortMode { get; set; }

Property Value

Type Default Description
ColumnSortMode Default

One of the ColumnSortMode enumeration values.

Available values:

Name Description

The actual sort mode is determined by a control. See the property description for more details.


Sorts the column’s data by the column’s edit values (these are synchronized with the bound data source’s values).


Sorts the column’s data by the column’s display text (the strings displayed within the column’s cells).


Applies sort options specified in the CustomColumnSort event handler.

In data grids, this mode also applies group options from the CustomColumnGroup event handler.


Specify the SortMode property to define the column’s sort algorithm.

When a column’s SortMode property is set to Default, the column behaves as follows:

To apply custom sort settings to a column, follow the steps below:

  1. Set the SortMode property to Custom.

  2. Handle the ASPxGridView.CustomColumnSort, ASPxVerticalGrid.CustomRowSort, or ASPxCardView.CustomColumnSort event.


The example below sorts the Country column by character length in descending order.


<dx:ASPxGridView ID="ASPxGridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="false"
        <dx:GridViewDataColumn FieldName="Country" SortOrder="Descending">
            <Settings SortMode="Custom" />
protected void grid_CustomColumnSort(object sender, DevExpress.Web.CustomColumnSortEventArgs e) {
    if(e.Column.FieldName == "Country") {
        e.Handled = true;
        string s1 = e.Value1.ToString(), s2 = e.Value2.ToString();
        if(s1.Length > s2.Length)
            e.Result = 1;
            if(s1.Length == s2.Length)
            e.Result = Comparer.Default.Compare(s1, s2);
            e.Result = -1;

For more information on the sort mode in a particular control, refer to the following topics:

Online Demos

Run Demo: ASPxGridView - Sort Data

Run Demo: ASPxCardView - Sorting

Run Demo: ASPxVerticalGrid - Sorting

See Also