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String.PadLeft Method (Int32)

Right-aligns the characters in this instance, padding with spaces on the left for a specified total length.

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

public string PadLeft(
	int totalWidth
)

Parameters

totalWidth
Type: System.Int32
The number of characters in the resulting string, equal to the number of original characters plus any additional padding characters.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A new string that is equivalent to this instance, but right-aligned and padded on the left with as many spaces as needed to create a length of totalWidth. However, if totalWidth is less than the length of this instance, the method returns a reference to the existing instance. If totalWidth is equal to the length of this instance, the method returns a new string that is identical to this instance.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

totalWidth is less than zero.

A Unicode space is defined as hexadecimal 0x20.

The PadLeft(Int32) method pads the beginning of the returned string. This means that, when used with right-to-left languages, it pads the right portion of the string.

NoteNote:

This method does not modify the value of the current instance. Instead, it returns a new string that is padded with leading white space so that its total length is totalWidth characters.

The following code example demonstrates the PadLeft method.


string str = "BBQ and Slaw";
outputBlock.Text += str.PadLeft(15) + "\n";  // Displays "   BBQ and Slaw".
outputBlock.Text += str.PadLeft(5) + "\n";   // Displays "BBQ and Slaw".


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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