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String.ToString Method

Returns this instance of String; no actual conversion is performed.

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

'Declaration
Public Overrides Function ToString As String

Return Value

Type: System.String
The current string.

The following example demonstrates the ToString method. Note that the example does not explicitly call the ToString method. Instead, the method is called implicitly by the composite formatting feature.

Imports System
 _

Class stringToString

   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim str1 As [String] = "123" 
      Dim str2 As [String] = "abc"

      Console.WriteLine("Original str1: {0}", str1)
      Console.WriteLine("Original str2: {0}", str2)
      Console.WriteLine("str1 same as str2?: {0}", [Object].ReferenceEquals(str1, str2))

      str2 = str1.ToString()
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("New str2:      {0}", str2)
      Console.WriteLine("str1 same as str2?: {0}", [Object].ReferenceEquals(str1, str2))
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample

'This code produces the following output: 
'Original str1: 123 
'Original str2: abc 
'str1 same as str2?: False 

'New str2:      123 
'str1 same as str2?: True 
'

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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