Filter and sort data in a Windows Forms application

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You filter data by setting the Filter property to a string expression that returns the desired records.

You sort data by setting the Sort property to the column name you want to sort on; append DESC to sort in descending order, or append ASC to sort in ascending order.

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If your application does not use BindingSource components, you can filter and sort data by using DataView objects. For more information, see DataViews.

To filter data by using a BindingSource component

  • Set the Filter property to the expression you want to return. For example, the following code returns customers with a CompanyName that starts with "B":

    customersBindingSource.Filter = "CompanyName like 'B'";
    
    CustomersBindingSource.Filter = "CompanyName like 'B'"
    

To sort data by using a BindingSource component

  • Set the Sort property to the column you want to sort on. For example, the following code sorts customers on the CompanyName column in descending order:

    customersBindingSource.Sort = "CompanyName Desc";
    
    CustomersBindingSource.Sort = "CompanyName Desc"
    

See Also

Bind controls to data in Visual Studio