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ColumnBase.SortMode Property

Gets or sets how the column's data is sorted when sorting is applied to it. This is a dependency property.

Namespace: DevExpress.Xpf.Grid

Assembly: DevExpress.Xpf.Grid.v19.1.Core.dll


public ColumnSortMode SortMode { get; set; }
Public Property SortMode As ColumnSortMode

Property Value

Type Default Description


A ColumnSortMode enumeration value that specifies the sort mode.


The SortMode property specifies the algorithm used to sort the column's data (by display text, edit value or using a custom sorting algorithm).

To provide custom sorting and/or grouping, set the SortMode property to 'Custom' and handle the GridControl.CustomColumnSort and GridControl.CustomColumnGroup events.

Example: How to Implement Custom Sorting

This example demonstrates how to implement custom sorting in the GridControl. Handle the GridControl.CustomColumnSort event, assign your custom sorted list to the e.Result property and set the e.Handled property to true.

<Window x:Class="CustomSorting.Window1" 
        Title="Custom Column Sort" Height="300" Width="300" >
        <dxg:GridControl ItemsSource="{Binding Items}" Grid.Row="1" 
                <dxg:GridColumn FieldName="Day" GroupIndex="0" SortMode="Custom" />
                <dxg:GridColumn FieldName="Employee" />
                <dxg:TableView />
using System.Windows;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using DevExpress.Xpf.Grid;
using CustomSorting;
using System;

namespace CustomSorting {

    public partial class Window1 : Window {
        public Window1() {
            DataContext = new SchedulerData();

        void OnCustomColumnSort(object sender, CustomColumnSortEventArgs e) {
            if (e.Column.FieldName == "Day") {
                int dayIndex1 = GetDayIndex((string)e.Value1);
                int dayIndex2 = GetDayIndex((string)e.Value2);
                e.Result = dayIndex1.CompareTo(dayIndex2);
                e.Handled = true;

        int GetDayIndex(string day) {
            return (int)Enum.Parse(typeof(DayOfWeek), day);
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Collections.ObjectModel;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

namespace CustomSorting {
    public class SchedulerData {
        const int daysInWeek = 7;
        string[] employees = new string[] { 
            "Jane", "Martin", "John", "Jack", "Amanda", "Carmen", "Wins", "Todd", "Ashley" };
        Random rnd = new Random();
        public List<SchedulerItem> Items { get; set; }
        public SchedulerData() {
            Items = new List<SchedulerItem>();
        void GenerateRandomData() {
            for (int i = 0; i < daysInWeek; i++) {
                int e1 = rnd.Next(employees.Length - 1);
                int e2 = e1 + 1;
                string day = DateTime.Today.AddDays(i).DayOfWeek.ToString();
                Items.Add(new SchedulerItem() { Day = day, Employee = employees[e1] });
                Items.Add(new SchedulerItem() { Day = day, Employee = employees[e2] });

    public class SchedulerItem {
        public string Day { get; set; }
        public string Employee { get; set; }
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