chrisb chrisb - 1 month ago 7
C# Question

how to get Datagridview selected cells in ordered by their column

I have a table with columns c1 .. c4 and with a row containing data such as

c1 c2 c3 c4


Multiselect is on. When I get datagridview.SelectedCells then they will be in the list in order of when they were selected. E.g. I select HELP and then YOU the list will be HELP followed by YOU. However I need a list to show YOU,HELP because YOU is from a column before HELP. If I would select YOU,HELP,CAN in that order then the list should be CAN,YOU,HELP because CAN is in c1, YOU in c2 and HELP in c3.

How can I do this? Thank you for your help.


Hi here is the code. The order of the selected cell list depends on how you select them - e.g. start left to right or vice versa. As you can see from the code, I have found a workaround. The OrderBy idea is much more elegant but I believe it only works for Rows and not for cells.

private void attribute_treeview_DragDrop(object sender, DragEventArgs e)
// dropped item from either datagridview into treeview

if (e.Data.GetDataPresent(typeof(List<string>)))
// Determine which category the item was draged to
Point p = attribute_treeview.PointToClient(new Point(e.X, e.Y));
TreeNode destinationNode = attribute_treeview.GetNodeAt(p);

// sort selected cells based on position in productname
var selected_cells = e.Data.GetData(typeof(List<string>)) as List<string>;
SortedDictionary<int, string> orderedcellcontents = new SortedDictionary<int, string>();

ProductItem pitem = new ProductItem((BsonDocument)productlist.SelectedItems[0].Tag);

foreach (var element in selected_cells)
int pos = Array.IndexOf(pitem.tokens, element);
if (!orderedcellcontents.ContainsKey(pos))
orderedcellcontents.Add(pos, element);

if (PopulateTreeview(destinationNode, orderedcellcontents.Values.ToList<string>()))
dictionary_haschanged = true;



you can try using linq to order them on index

var ordered = datagridview.SelectedCells.OrderBy(c=>c.Index)

Edit 1: so the above doesn't seem to work. Below I've created a small forms app to test. The app consists of a form with a datagridview on it, a button and a textbox. Clicking the button will display the selectedcells in their correct order in the textbox. See the button1_click event for the sorting.


public partial class Form1 : Form
    public Form1()
        var data = new List<Data>();
        data.Add(new Data { A = "CAN", B = "YOU", C = "HELP", D = "ME" });
        data.Add(new Data { A = "CAN", B = "YOU", C = "HELP", D = "ME" });
        data.Add(new Data { A = "CAN", B = "YOU", C = "HELP", D = "ME" });
        data.Add(new Data { A = "CAN", B = "YOU", C = "HELP", D = "ME" });
        dataGridView1.DataSource = data;

    private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        var selectedCells = dataGridView1.SelectedCells;
        var array = new DataGridViewCell[selectedCells.Count];

        var sorted = array.OrderBy(c => c.ColumnIndex);

        var s = string.Join(Environment.NewLine, sorted.Select(c => c.Value));
        textBox1.Text = s;

public class Data
    public string A { get; set; }
    public string B { get; set; }
    public string C { get; set; }
    public string D { get; set; }

Copying the cells to a DataGridViewCell array will let you sort it on the index.