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GridView.CustomColumnGroup Event

Provides the ability to group data using custom rules.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraGrid.v24.1.dll

NuGet Packages: DevExpress.Win.Grid, DevExpress.Win.Navigation


public event CustomColumnSortEventHandler CustomColumnGroup

Event Data

The CustomColumnGroup event's data class is CustomColumnSortEventArgs. The following properties provide information specific to this event:

Property Description
Column Gets the column whose values are being compared.
Handled Gets or sets whether a comparison operation is handled and therefore no default processing is required.
ListSourceRowIndex1 Gets the index in the data source of the first of the two rows being compared.
ListSourceRowIndex2 Gets the index in the data source of the second of the two rows being compared.
Result Gets or sets the result of a custom comparison.
RowObject1 Gets the first row object being compared.
RowObject2 Gets the second row object being compared.
SortOrder Gets the current sort order applied to the column being processed.
Value1 Gets the first value being compared.
Value2 Gets the second value being compared.



This event is not supported in server modes.

The CustomColumnGroup event can be handled to implement custom logic for grouping rows. This event is fired when any column’s GridColumn.SortMode property is set to ColumnSortMode.Custom and the View’s data is grouped by this column.

Each time the event is fired two adjacent rows are compared. If the rows should be combined into the same group, set the CustomColumnSortEventArgs.Result parameter to 0. Otherwise, set it to 1 (or -1). The CustomColumnSortEventArgs.Handled parameter must be set to true to indicate that the current comparison was handled and no default processing is required. If this parameter is left set to false the two rows will be compared using the default comparison mechanism.

The column by which grouping is applied is identified by the CustomColumnSortEventArgs.Column parameter. This column’s values in the rows which are being compared are specified by the CustomColumnSortEventArgs.Value1 and CustomColumnSortEventArgs.Value2 parameters.

When providing custom grouping logic via the CustomColumnGroup event, the text displayed by group rows should usually be overridden. To do this, handle the GridView.CustomDrawGroupRow event and supply the new text for each group row via the event’s Info.GroupText parameter.


The CustomColumnGroup event is fired only for adjacent rows according to the current sort order. Sometimes you may need to change the default sorting logic in order to arrange the rows in specific order. To do this, the ColumnView.CustomColumnSort event can be handled.


Assume that a Grid View’s “Order Sum” column contains numbers. When grouping is applied to this column, the rows which have values between 0 and 99 in this column should be combined into a single group, the rows whose values fall between 100 and 199 should be combined into another group, etc. To provide custom grouping logic the column’s GridColumn.SortMode property should be set to ColumnSortMode.Custom and the GridView.CustomColumnGroup event should be handled to implement the algorithm. In the following example the event’s Result parameter is set to 0 if the two rows being compared should be placed within the same group.

The ColumnView.CustomColumnDisplayText event is handled to replace the default text displayed within group rows.

The result of data being custom grouped is shown below:


using DevExpress.XtraGrid;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Base;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Grid.ViewInfo;

// ...
gridView1.Columns["Order Sum"].SortMode = ColumnSortMode.Custom;

private void gridView1_CustomColumnGroup(object sender, CustomColumnSortEventArgs e) {
   if(e.Column.FieldName == "Order Sum") {
      double x = Math.Floor(Convert.ToDouble(e.Value1) / 100);
      double y = Math.Floor(Convert.ToDouble(e.Value2) / 100);
      int res = Comparer.Default.Compare(x, y);
      if(x > 14 && y > 14) res = 0;
      e.Result = res;
      e.Handled = true;

private void gridView_CustomColumnDisplayText(object sender, DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Base.CustomColumnDisplayTextEventArgs e) {
    GridView view = sender as GridView;
    if(view == null) return;
    if (e.Column.FieldName == "Order Sum" && e.IsForGroupRow) {
        double rowValue = Convert.ToDouble(view.GetGroupRowValue(e.GroupRowHandle, e.Column));
        double val = Math.Floor(rowValue / 100);
        string groupRowInterval = string.Format("{0:c} - {1:c} ", val * 100, (val + 1) * 100);
        if (val > 14)
            groupRowInterval = string.Format(">= {0:c} ", val * 100);
        e.DisplayText = "Order Sum: " + groupRowInterval;
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