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Type Conversions in Visual Basic 

The process of changing a value from one data type to another type is called conversion. Conversions are either widening or narrowing, depending on the data capacities of the types involved. They are also implicit or explicit, depending on the syntax in the source code.

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Widening and Narrowing Conversions

Explains conversions classified by whether the destination type can hold the data.

Implicit and Explicit Conversions

Discusses conversions classified by whether Visual Basic performs them automatically.

Value Changes During Conversions

Describes how converting to another data type can change the value or data representation.

Conversions Between Strings and Other Types

Illustrates converting between strings and numeric, Boolean, or date/time values.

How to: Convert an Object to Another Type in Visual Basic

Shows how to convert an Object variable to any other data type.

Array Conversions

Steps you through the process of converting between arrays of different data types.

Related Sections

Data Types in Visual Basic

Introduces the Visual Basic data types and describes how to use them.

Data Type Summary (Visual Basic)

Lists the elementary data types supplied by Visual Basic.

Troubleshooting Data Types

Discusses some common problems that can arise when working with data types.

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