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# Decimal.op_Explicit Method (Decimal)

.NET Framework 3.0
Converts a Decimal to a 16-bit signed integer.

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

```public static explicit operator short (
decimal value
)
```
```Not applicable.
```

#### Parameters

value

A Decimal to convert.

#### Return Value

A 16-bit signed integer that represents the converted Decimal.
Exception typeCondition

OverflowException

value is less than Int16.MinValue or greater than Int16.MaxValue.

This operator supports the explicit conversion of a Decimal to a Int16. The syntax for such explicit conversions is language-dependent, and individual language compilers can provide different implementations and return different results. The example illustrates the different return values when you explicitly convert a Decimal value to an Int16 value by using C# and Visual Basic. To perform a conversion that is independent of language, you can call the ToInt16 or the Convert.ToInt16(Decimal) method.

The following code example converts Decimal numbers to Int16 values using the explicit Decimal to Int16 conversion.

```// Example of the explicit conversions from decimal to short and
// decimal to ushort.
using System;

class DecimalToU_Int16Demo
{
const string formatter = "{0,16}{1,19}{2,19}";

// Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
public static string GetExceptionType( Exception ex )
{
string exceptionType = ex.GetType( ).ToString( );
return exceptionType.Substring(
exceptionType.LastIndexOf( '.' ) + 1 );
}

// Convert the decimal argument; catch exceptions that are thrown.
public static void DecimalToU_Int16( decimal argument )
{
object Int16Value;
object UInt16Value;

// Convert the argument to a short value.
try
{
Int16Value = (short)argument;
}
catch( Exception ex )
{
Int16Value = GetExceptionType( ex );
}

// Convert the argument to a ushort value.
try
{
UInt16Value = (ushort)argument;
}
catch( Exception ex )
{
UInt16Value = GetExceptionType( ex );
}

Console.WriteLine( formatter, argument,
Int16Value, UInt16Value );
}

public static void Main( )
{
Console.WriteLine(
"This example of the explicit conversions from decimal " +
"to short \nand decimal to ushort generates the " +
"following output. It displays \nseveral converted " +
"decimal values.\n" );
Console.WriteLine( formatter, "decimal argument",
"short/exception", "ushort/exception" );
Console.WriteLine( formatter, "----------------",
"---------------", "----------------" );

// Convert decimal values and display the results.
DecimalToU_Int16( 123M );
DecimalToU_Int16( new decimal( 123000, 0, 0, false, 3 ) );
DecimalToU_Int16( 123.999M );
DecimalToU_Int16( 65535.999M );
DecimalToU_Int16( 65536M );
DecimalToU_Int16( 32767.999M );
DecimalToU_Int16( 32768M );
DecimalToU_Int16( - 0.999M );
DecimalToU_Int16( - 1M );
DecimalToU_Int16( - 32768.999M );
DecimalToU_Int16( - 32769M );
}
}

/*
This example of the explicit conversions from decimal to short
and decimal to ushort generates the following output. It displays
several converted decimal values.

decimal argument    short/exception   ushort/exception
----------------    ---------------   ----------------
123                123                123
123.000                123                123
123.999                123                123
65535.999  OverflowException              65535
65536  OverflowException  OverflowException
32767.999              32767              32767
32768  OverflowException              32768
-0.999                  0                  0
-1                 -1  OverflowException
-32768.999             -32768  OverflowException
-32769  OverflowException  OverflowException
*/

```

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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