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RadDropDownList supports sorting of its pop-up items. You can control how the items in the RadDropDownList are sorted by specifying the SortStyle property.

  • Ascending: indicates ascending sorting.

  • Descending: indicates descending sorting.

  • None: indicates no sorting. Items appear in the order of inserting.

Figure 1: SortStyle.Descending

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this.radDropDownList1.SortStyle = Telerik.WinControls.Enumerations.SortStyle.Descending;

Me.RadDropDownList1.SortStyle = Telerik.WinControls.Enumerations.SortStyle.Descending

Customizing sort order

When the SortStyle property is set to Ascending or Descending you can manipulate how the items are ordered by specifying the ItemsSortComparer property. You should create a class that implements the IComparer interface. The following example demonstrates how to order the items considering the RadListDataItem.Value property instead of the RadListDataItem.Text property:

Figure 2: Custom sort order

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Custom comparer

public DropDownListSorting()

    for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
        RadListDataItem item = new RadListDataItem();
        item.Value = 10 - i;
        item.Text = i + ".Item";
    this.radDropDownList1.SortStyle = Telerik.WinControls.Enumerations.SortStyle.Ascending;
    this.radDropDownList1.ItemsSortComparer = new CustomComparer();

public class CustomComparer : IComparer<RadListDataItem>
    public int Compare(RadListDataItem x, RadListDataItem y)
        int xId = 0;
        int yId = 0;
        if (int.TryParse(x.Value.ToString(), out xId) && int.TryParse(y.Value.ToString(), out yId))
            return xId.CompareTo(yId);
        return x.Value.ToString().CompareTo(y.Value.ToString());

Public Sub New()
    For i As Integer = 0 To 9
        Dim item As New RadListDataItem()
        item.Value = 10 - i
        item.Text = i & ".Item"
    Me.RadDropDownList1.SortStyle = Telerik.WinControls.Enumerations.SortStyle.Ascending
    Me.RadDropDownList1.ItemsSortComparer = New CustomComparer()
End Sub

Public Class CustomComparer
Implements IComparer(Of RadListDataItem)
    Public Function [Compare](x As RadListDataItem, y As RadListDataItem) As Integer Implements IComparer(Of RadListDataItem).[Compare]
        Dim xId As Integer = 0
        Dim yId As Integer = 0
        If Integer.TryParse(x.Value.ToString(), xId) AndAlso Integer.TryParse(y.Value.ToString(), yId) Then
            Return xId.CompareTo(yId)
        End If
        Return x.Value.ToString().CompareTo(y.Value.ToString())
    End Function
End Class