Hello Group!

I've looked around to see if there is specific code in VB.net to do this, but I haven't seen any.

I'm using ListView/Detail and want to ensure that it is sorted ascending by one specific column. That column is called "hdrLineNo". I know that I can choose "Sorting - Ascending" in the properties box. However this field IS NOT the first column of the ListView. So my question is:

Can I dynamically program the ListView to sort by the column called "hdrLineNo"? If so, how is this done?

As always, thanks for your help.

Don

Here's a simple way to sort by any column. Just set the global variable SortIndex to the column index to sort by:

Public Class Form2
    Dim SortIndex As Integer = 0
    Private Sub Form2_Load(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        Dim Rows As New List(Of ListViewItem)
        SortIndex = 2
        For Each item As ListViewItem In ListView1.Items
            Rows.Add(item)
        Next
        Rows.Sort(AddressOf SortByColumn)
        ListView1.Items.Clear()
        ListView1.Items.AddRange(Rows.ToArray)

    End Sub
    Private Function SortByColumn(x As ListViewItem, y As ListViewItem) As Integer
        Return x.SubItems(SortIndex).Text.CompareTo(y.SubItems(SortIndex).Text)
    End Function
End Class

Or you can do this way :

Add Class to your project, named ListViewColumnSorter (You can modify it).
Replace with this following code :

Imports System.Collections
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class ListViewColumnSorter
    Implements System.Collections.IComparer

    Private ColumnToSort As Integer
    Private OrderOfSort As SortOrder
    Private ObjectCompare As CaseInsensitiveComparer

    Public Sub New()
        ' Initialize the column to '0'.
        ColumnToSort = 0

        ' Initialize the sort order to 'none'.
        OrderOfSort = SortOrder.None

        ' Initialize the CaseInsensitiveComparer object.
        ObjectCompare = New CaseInsensitiveComparer()
    End Sub

    Public Function Compare(ByVal x As Object, ByVal y As Object) As Integer Implements IComparer.Compare
        Dim compareResult As Integer
        Dim listviewX As ListViewItem
        Dim listviewY As ListViewItem

        ' Cast the objects to be compared to ListViewItem objects.
        listviewX = CType(x, ListViewItem)
        listviewY = CType(y, ListViewItem)

        ' Compare the two items.
        compareResult = ObjectCompare.Compare(listviewX.SubItems(ColumnToSort).Text, listviewY.SubItems(ColumnToSort).Text)

        ' Calculate the correct return value based on the object 
        ' comparison.
        If (OrderOfSort = SortOrder.Ascending) Then
            ' Ascending sort is selected, return typical result of 
            ' compare operation.
            Return compareResult
        ElseIf (OrderOfSort = SortOrder.Descending) Then
            ' Descending sort is selected, return negative result of 
            ' compare operation.
            Return (-compareResult)
        Else
            ' Return '0' to indicate that they are equal.
            Return 0
        End If
    End Function

    Public Property SortColumn() As Integer
        Set(ByVal Value As Integer)
            ColumnToSort = Value
        End Set

        Get
            Return ColumnToSort
        End Get
    End Property

    Public Property Order() As SortOrder
        Set(ByVal Value As SortOrder)
            OrderOfSort = Value
        End Set

        Get
            Return OrderOfSort
        End Get
    End Property
End Class

In your form :

Public Class 
    ' Create an instance of class 
    Private lvwColumnSorter As New ListViewColumnSorter()

    Private Sub ListView1_ColumnClick(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.ColumnClickEventArgs) Handles ListView1.ColumnClick
        If (e.Column = lvwColumnSorter.SortColumn) Then
            If (lvwColumnSorter.Order = SortOrder.Ascending) Then
                lvwColumnSorter.Order = SortOrder.Descending
            Else
                lvwColumnSorter.Order = SortOrder.Ascending
            End If
        Else
            lvwColumnSorter.SortColumn = e.Column
            lvwColumnSorter.Order = SortOrder.Ascending
        End If

        Me.ListView1.Sort()
    End Sub

    Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        ListView1.ListViewItemSorter = lvwColumnSorter
        ListView1.View = View.Details

        With ListView1
            ' Add collumn header
            With .Columns
                .Add("No", 30)
                .Add("First Name", 150)
                .Add("Last Name", 150)
                .Add("Email", 100)
            End With

            ' Add a few data in listview
            With .Items
                Dim lv As New ListViewItem

                lv = .Add("1")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Andre")
                lv.SubItems.Add("White")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Andre@White.com")

                lv = .Add("2")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Danny")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Burnett")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Danny@Burnett.com")

                lv = .Add("3")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Edward")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Carter")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Edward@Carter.com")

                lv = .Add("4")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Anne")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Witter")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Anne@Witter.com")

                lv = .Add("5")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Vicky")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Myron")
                lv.SubItems.Add("Vicky@Myron.com")
            End With
        End With
    End Sub
End Class
Comments
Great example
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