Updated: May 2012
Gets or sets the encoding the console uses to read input.
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
The property value in a set operation is null.
This property's set operation is not supported on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition.
An error occurred during the execution of this operation.
Your application does not have permission to perform this operation.
The console uses the input encoding to translate keyboard input into a corresponding character. The input encoding incorporates a code page that maps 256 keyboard character codes to individual characters. Different code pages include different special characters, typically customized for a language or a group of languages.
Starting with the .NET Framework version 4, an property get operation may return a cached value rather than the console's current input encoding. This can occur if the value of the property is modified by some means other than an assignment to the property, such as calling the Windows SetConsoleCP function or using the chcp command from a PowerShell script.
Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2