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DateTime.ToShortDateString Method

Converts the value of the current DateTime object to its equivalent short date string representation.

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

'Declaration
Public Function ToShortDateString As String

Return Value

Type: System.String
A string that contains the short date string representation of the current DateTime object.

The value of the current DateTime object is formatted using the pattern defined by the DateTimeFormatInfo.ShortDatePattern property associated with the current thread culture. The return value is identical to the value returned by specifying the "d" standard DateTime format string with the ToString(String) method.

Important noteImportant

The string returned by the ToShortDateString method is culture-sensitive. It reflects the pattern defined by the current culture's DateTimeFormatInfo object. For example, for the en-US culture, the standard short date pattern is "M/d/yyyy"; for the de-DE culture, it is "dd.MM.yyyy"; for the ja-JP culture, it is "yyyy/M/d". The specific format string on a particular computer can also be customized so that it differs from the standard short date format string.

For more information about the current thread culture, see the Thread.CurrentCulture property. For more information about format characters, format patterns, and the output they produce, see the Formatting Types in the .NET Framework topic. For more information about changing the format pattern associated with a format character, see the DateTimeFormatInfo class.

The following example demonstrates the ToShortDateString method. It also shows that the result of calling the ToShortDateString method is identical to calling the DateTime.ToString(String) method with "d" as the format parameter.

Imports System.Globalization
Imports System.Threading

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim dateToDisplay As Date = #06/01/2009 8:42:50#
      Dim originalCulture As CultureInfo = Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture
      ' Change culture to en-US.
      Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = New CultureInfo("en-US")
      Console.WriteLine("Displaying short date for {0} culture:", _
                        Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture.Name)
      Console.WriteLine("   {0} (Short Date String)", _
                        dateToDisplay.ToShortDateString())
      ' Display using 'd' standard format specifier to illustrate it is 
      ' identical to the string returned by ToShortDateString.
      Console.WriteLine("   {0} ('d' standard format specifier)", _
                        dateToDisplay.ToString("d"))
      Console.WriteLine()

      ' Change culture to fr-FR.
      Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = New CultureInfo("fr-FR")
      Console.WriteLine("Displaying short date for {0} culture:", _
                        Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture.Name)
      Console.WriteLine("   {0}", dateToDisplay.ToShortDateString())
      Console.WriteLine()

      ' Change culture to nl-NL.    
      Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = New CultureInfo("nl-NL")
      Console.WriteLine("Displaying short date for {0} culture:", _
                        Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture.Name)
      Console.WriteLine("   {0}", dateToDisplay.ToShortDateString())

      ' Restore original culture.
      Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = originalCulture
   End Sub 
End Module 
' The example displays the following output: 
'       Displaying short date for en-US culture: 
'          6/1/2009 (Short Date String) 
'          6/1/2009 ('d' standard format specifier) 
'        
'       Displaying short date for fr-FR culture: 
'          01/06/2009 
'        
'       Displaying short date for nl-NL culture: 
'          1-6-2009

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

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

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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