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Int16.MinValue Field

Represents the smallest possible value of Int16. This field is constant.

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

'Declaration
Public Const MinValue As Short

The value of this constant is -32768; that is, hexadecimal 0x8000.

The MinValue property is typically used to prevent an OverflowException when converting from a numeric type with a greater lower range (such as an Int32 or an Int64) to an Int16. The example illustrates this usage.

The following example uses the MinValue property to prevent an OverflowException when converting to an Int16 value.

Dim numbersToConvert() As Long = {162345, 32183, -54000}
Dim newNumber As Int16
For Each number As Long In NumbersToConvert
   If number >= Int16.MinValue And number <= Int16.MaxValue Then
      newNumber = Convert.ToInt16(number)
      Console.WriteLine("Successfully converted {0} to an Int16.", _
                        newNumber)
   Else
      Console.WriteLine("Unable to convert {0} to an Int16.", number)
   End If                      
Next 
' The example displays the following output to the console: 
'       Unable to convert 162345 to an Int16. 
'       Successfully converted 32183 to an Int16. 
'       Unable to convert -54000 to an Int16.   

.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

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 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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