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Thread.CurrentUICulture Property

Gets or sets the current culture used by the Resource Manager to look up culture-specific resources at run time.

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

public CultureInfo CurrentUICulture { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Globalization.CultureInfo
A CultureInfo representing the current culture.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

The property is set to null.

ArgumentException

The property is set to a culture name that cannot be used to locate a resource file. Resource filenames must include only letters, numbers, hyphens or underscores.

The CultureInfo returned by this property can be a neutral culture. Neutral cultures should not be used with formatting methods such as String.Format(IFormatProvider, String, Object[]), DateTime.ToString(String, IFormatProvider), and Convert.ToString(Char, IFormatProvider). Use the CultureInfo.CreateSpecificCulture method to get a specific culture, or use the CurrentCulture property. For more information, see Formatting for Different Cultures.

NoteNote:

The CultureInfo.CreateSpecificCulture method throws ArgumentException for the neutral cultures "zh-Hant" ("zh-CHT") and "zh-Hans" ("zh-CHS").

The following code example shows the threading statement that allows the user interface of a Windows Forms to display in the culture that is set in Control Panel. Additional code is needed.

// Compile with option /t:winexe. 

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Windows.Forms;

class UICulture : Form
{
    public UICulture()
    {
        // Set the user interface to display in the 
        // same culture as that set in Control Panel.
        Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture = 
            Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture;

        // Add additional code.
    }

    [STAThreadAttribute]
    static void Main()
    {
        Application.Run(new UICulture());
    }
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

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

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