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Type.ToString Method

Returns a String representing the name of the current Type.

Namespace: System
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public:
virtual String^ ToString () override
public String ToString ()
public override function ToString () : String

Return Value

A String representing the name of the current Type.

This method returns the fully qualified common language runtime namespace and name for all primitive types. For example, the C# instruction, (long)0.Type().ToString() returns "System.Int64" instead of merely "Int64".

If the current Type represents a generic type, the type and its type arguments are qualified by namespace and by nested type, but not by assembly. If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method returns the unqualified name of the type parameter.

This following example demonstrates a use of the Namespace and Module properties and the ToString method of Type.

using namespace System;

namespace MyNamespace
{
   ref class MyClass{};

}

int main()
{
   try
   {
      Type^ myType = MyNamespace::MyClass::typeid;
      Console::WriteLine( "\nPrinting the details of {0}.\n", myType );
      
      // Get the namespace of the class MyClass.
      Console::WriteLine( "Namespace: {0}.", myType->Namespace );
      
      // Get the name of the module.
      Console::WriteLine( "Module: {0}.", myType->Module );
      
      // Get the fully qualified common language runtime namespace.
      Console::WriteLine( "Fully qualified type: {0}.", myType );
   }
   catch ( Exception^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Exception: {0}", e->Message );
   }
}

package MyNamespace;
 
import System.*;

class MyClass
{
} //MyClass

public class Type_ToString_3
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        try {
            Type myType = MyNamespace.MyClass.class.ToType();
            Console.WriteLine("\nPrinting the details of {0}.\n", myType);

            // Get the namespace of the class Type_ToString_3.
            Console.WriteLine("Namespace: {0}.", myType.get_Namespace());

            // Get the name of the module.
            Console.WriteLine("Module: {0}.", myType.get_Module());

            // Get the fully qualified common language runtime namespace.
            Console.WriteLine("Fully qualified type: {0}.", myType.ToString());
        }
        catch (System.Exception e) {
            Console.WriteLine("Exception: " + e.get_Message());
        }
    } //main
} //Type_ToString_3

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0
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