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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 override string ToString ()
public String ToString ()
public override function ToString () : String
Not applicable.

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 System;
namespace MyNamespace
{
    class MyClass
    {
    }
}
public class Type_ToString_3
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        try
        {
            Type myType = typeof(MyNamespace.MyClass);
            Console.WriteLine("\nPrinting the details of {0}.\n", myType); 
            // Get the namespace of the class Type_ToString_3.
            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.ToString());
        }
        catch(Exception e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Exception: " + 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 Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0

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