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String.PadLeft Method (Int32)

Updated: August 2011

Right-aligns the characters in this instance, padding with spaces on the left for a specified total length.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public string PadLeft(
	int totalWidth
)

Parameters

totalWidth
Type: System.Int32

The number of characters in the resulting string, equal to the number of original characters plus any additional padding characters.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A new string that is equivalent to this instance, but right-aligned and padded on the left with as many spaces as needed to create a length of totalWidth. However, if totalWidth is less than the length of this instance, the method returns a reference to the existing instance. If totalWidth is equal to the length of this instance, the method returns a new string that is identical to this instance.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

totalWidth is less than zero.

A Unicode space is defined as hexadecimal 0x20.

The PadLeft(Int32) method pads the beginning of the returned string. This means that, when used with right-to-left languages, it pads the right portion of the string.

NoteNote:

   This method does not modify the value of the current instance. Instead, it returns a new string that is padded with leading white space so that its total length is totalWidth characters.

The following example demonstrates the PadLeft method.

string str = "BBQ and Slaw";
Console.WriteLine(str.PadLeft(15));  // Displays "   BBQ and Slaw".
Console.WriteLine(str.PadLeft(5));   // Displays "BBQ and Slaw".

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, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Date

History

Reason

August 2011

Revised the Return Value section.

Content bug fix.

October 2008

Added a note that the method returns a new String object.

Customer feedback.

July 2008

Revised exception information.

Customer feedback.

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