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DateTime.Subtract Method (DateTime)

Subtracts the specified date and time from this instance.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public TimeSpan Subtract(
	DateTime value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.DateTime

The date and time value to subtract.

Return Value

Type: System.TimeSpan
A time interval that is equal to the date and time represented by this instance minus the date and time represented by value.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The result is less than MinValue or greater than MaxValue.

If the date and time of the current instance is earlier than value, the method returns a TimeSpan object that represents a negative time span. That is, the value of all of its non-zero properties (such as Days or Ticks) is negative.

The Subtract(DateTime) method does not consider the value of the Kind property of the two DateTime values when performing the subtraction. Before subtracting DateTime objects, ensure that the objects represent times in the same time zone. Otherwise, the result will include the difference between time zones.

NoteNote

The DateTimeOffset.Subtract(DateTimeOffset) method does consider the difference between time zones when performing the subtraction.

The following example demonstrates the Subtract method and the subtraction operator.

			System.DateTime date1 = new System.DateTime(1996, 6, 3, 22, 15, 0);
			System.DateTime date2 = new System.DateTime(1996, 12, 6, 13, 2, 0);
			System.DateTime date3 = new System.DateTime(1996, 10, 12, 8, 42, 0);

			// diff1 gets 185 days, 14 hours, and 47 minutes.
			System.TimeSpan diff1 = date2.Subtract(date1);

			// date4 gets 4/9/1996 5:55:00 PM.
			System.DateTime date4 = date3.Subtract(diff1);

			// diff2 gets 55 days 4 hours and 20 minutes.
			System.TimeSpan diff2 = date2 - date3;

			// date5 gets 4/9/1996 5:55:00 PM.
			System.DateTime date5 = date1 - diff2;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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