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DateTime.ToLongDateString Method

Converts the value of this instance to its equivalent long date string representation.

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

public string ToLongDateString ()
public String ToLongDateString ()
public function ToLongDateString () : String

Return Value

A string containing the name of the day of the week, the name of the month, the numeric day of the month, and the year equivalent to the date value of this instance.

The value of this instance is formatted using the long date format character, 'D'. The return value is identical to the value returned by ToString ("D", null).

For more information about format characters, format patterns, and the output they produce, see the Formatting Overview topic. For more information about changing the format pattern associated with a format character see the DateTimeFormatInfo class.

This method uses formatting information derived from the current culture. For more information about the current culture, see the CurrentCulture class. You can use the CultureInfo.DateTimeFormat property to obtain the DateTimeFormatInfo for the current culture.

The following code example demonstrates ToLongDateString.

System.DateTime dTime = new System.DateTime(2001, 5, 16, 3, 2, 15);

// If the current culture is "en-US",
// longDateString gets "Wednesday, May 16, 2001"
string longDateString = dTime.ToLongDateString();

// If the current culture is "en-US",
// longTimeString gets "3:02:15 AM"
string longTimeString = dTime.ToLongTimeString();            

System.DateTime dTime = new System.DateTime(2001, 5, 16, 3, 2, 15);

// If the current culture is "en-US",
// longDateString gets "Wednesday, May 16, 2001"
String longDateString = dTime.ToLongDateString();

// If the current culture is "en-US",
// longTimeString gets "3:02:15 AM"
String longTimeString = dTime.ToLongTimeString();

Windows 98, Windows 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0
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