I'm wondering how one would sort a column of decimal or currency values numerically in show-listview?

A contrived example:

$decimalArray = 1.1, 2.2, 3.3, 10.0, 20.0, 30.0

$props = @{
        Title = "Decimal Sorting"
        InfoTitle = "Decimal Sorting"
        InfoDescription = "Decimal Sorting"
        PageSize = 100000
$decimalArray | Show-ListView @props -Property @{Label = "Decimals"; Expression={$_}},
    @{Label = "Currency"; Expression={"{0:c}" -f $_}},
    @{Label = "Number"; Expression={"{0:n0}" -f $_}}

In the example above:

  1. The first column is a decimal
  2. The second column is currency
  3. The third column is an integer

Only the integer sorts numerically. It seems as soon as a decimal or currency symbol is added to the value, ListView treats the data as a string.

Might I sort decimals and currency numerically?

Thank you, vic

1 Answer 1


Spe uses the class ListViewComparer to handle the sorting. It appears as of 6.1 it sorts DateTime, int, and finally string.

You can submit a feature request or a pull request if you would like to see more datatypes covered.

public int Compare(String str1, String str2)
    DateTime dateTime1, dateTime2;
    if (DateTime.TryParse(str1, out dateTime1) && DateTime.TryParse(str2, out dateTime2))
        return DateTime.Compare(dateTime1, dateTime2);

    int int1, int2;
    if (int.TryParse(str1, out int1) && int.TryParse(str2, out int2))
        if (int1 < int2)
            return -1;
        return int1 > int2 ? 1 : 0;

    return String.Compare(str1, str2, StringComparison.Ordinal);


This should be included in 6.2. See the GitHub issue for more details.

  • Thank you very much Michael. Commented May 5, 2020 at 14:24

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