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Change default sort order on search.aspx

I want to change the default sort order on SEARCH.ASPX to sort by part number.

WebTools 2007 is currently sorting the results of a parts search by a weighted index. I want it to sort by part number instead.

I tried to solve this by adding code to control the sorting on the gridview. After the gridview is bound to the data source I want to trigger an event to re-sort it. For this to work I need to get access to the datasource. Is there an API that contains the data source?

This is an extract on my current code.

<asp:GridView ID="PartsListGrid" runat="server"

AutoGenerateColumns="False" Width="100%" OnRowDataBound="PartsListGrid_RowDataBound"

PageSize="50" AllowPaging="True"


EmptyDataText="No items were found"



OnSorting ="PartsListGrid_Sorting" >

<scri pt language="C#" runat=server>

void PartsListGrid_Sorting(object sender, GridViewSortEventArgs e)


DataTable m_DataTable = PartsListGrid.DataSource as DataTable;

if (m_DataTable != null)


DataView m_DataView = new DataView(m_DataTable);

m_DataView.Sort = e.SortExpression + " ASC";

PartsListGrid.DataSource = m_DataView;




void CustomersGridView_DataBound(Object sender, EventArgs e)


PartsListGrid.Sort("Product Code", SortDirection.Descending);



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    Posted on Nov 30, 2007 at 02:56 PM

    Hi Thomas,

    The datasouce is netpoint.api.common.NPIndexedSearch.PartSearch(). This method takes a sortexpession argument, so you might be able to manage things this way.

    Alternately, you can try changing the weighted values in the search. Go to Setup->Config Settings in the admin area and try setting all of the "IX" values to 0 except for "IXPartNoWeight".

    There is one other possibly goofy approach you could try. The data for this search is in the NPSearchIndex table. You could probably add a trigger to the table to massage the data to sort the way you want. This method would, at least, not be overwritten during upgrades. I can give you more info on this if you need.

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