Excel Sorting in C# and VB.NET

The following example shows how you can use GemBox.Spreadsheet to sort values in a specific cell range of a worksheet, in C# and VB.NET.

Sorted cells are written to all output file formats. The active Sort is written only to XLSX file format.

Excel sort applied with GemBox.Spreadsheet
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using System;
using GemBox.Spreadsheet;

class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        // If using Professional version, put your serial key below.
        SpreadsheetInfo.SetLicense("FREE-LIMITED-KEY");

        var workbook = new ExcelFile();
        var worksheet = workbook.Worksheets.Add("Sorting");

        var random = new Random();

        worksheet.Cells[0, 0].Value = "Sorted numbers";
        for (int i = 1; i < 10; i++)
            worksheet.Cells[i, 0].SetValue(random.Next(1, 100));

        worksheet.Cells.GetSubrangeAbsolute(1, 0, 10, 0).Sort(false).By(0).Apply();

        worksheet.Cells[0, 2].Value = "Sorted strings";
        worksheet.Cells[1, 2].Value = "John";
        worksheet.Cells[2, 2].Value = "Jennifer";
        worksheet.Cells[3, 2].Value = "Toby";
        worksheet.Cells[4, 2].Value = "Chloe";

        worksheet.Cells.GetSubrangeAbsolute(1, 2, 4, 2).Sort(false).By(0).Apply();

        worksheet.Cells[0, 4].Value = "Sorted by column E and after that by column F";
        for (int i = 1; i < 10; i++)
        {
            worksheet.Cells[i, 4].SetValue(random.Next(1, 4));
            worksheet.Cells[i, 5].SetValue(random.Next(0, 10));
        }

        // Sort by column E ascending and then by column F descending.
        // These sort settings will be saved to output XLSX file because they are active (parameter value is true).
        worksheet.Cells.GetSubrangeAbsolute(1, 4, 10, 5).Sort(true).By(0).By(1, true).Apply();

        workbook.Save("Sorting.%OutputFileType%");
    }
}
Imports System
Imports GemBox.Spreadsheet

Module Program

    Sub Main()

        ' If using Professional version, put your serial key below.
        SpreadsheetInfo.SetLicense("FREE-LIMITED-KEY")

        Dim workbook As New ExcelFile()
        Dim worksheet = workbook.Worksheets.Add("Sorting")

        Dim random As New Random()

        worksheet.Cells(0, 0).Value = "Sorted numbers"
        For i = 1 To 10 Step 1
            worksheet.Cells(i, 0).SetValue(random.Next(1, 100))
        Next

        worksheet.Cells.GetSubrangeAbsolute(1, 0, 10, 0).Sort(False).By(0).Apply()

        worksheet.Cells(0, 2).Value = "Sorted strings"
        worksheet.Cells(1, 2).Value = "John"
        worksheet.Cells(2, 2).Value = "Jennifer"
        worksheet.Cells(3, 2).Value = "Toby"
        worksheet.Cells(4, 2).Value = "Chloe"

        worksheet.Cells.GetSubrangeAbsolute(1, 2, 4, 2).Sort(False).By(0).Apply()

        worksheet.Cells(0, 4).Value = "Sorted by column E and after that by column F"
        For i = 1 To 10 Step 1
            worksheet.Cells(i, 4).SetValue(random.Next(1, 4))
            worksheet.Cells(i, 5).SetValue(random.Next(0, 10))
        Next

        ' Sort by column E ascending and then by column F descending.
        ' These sort settings will be saved to output XLSX file because they are active (parameter value is True).
        worksheet.Cells.GetSubrangeAbsolute(1, 4, 10, 5).Sort(True).By(0).By(1, True).Apply()

        workbook.Save("Sorting.%OutputFileType%")
    End Sub
End Module

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