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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)

public string ToShortDateString()

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 Note:

   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 Overview 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.

using System;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Threading;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      DateTime dateToDisplay = new DateTime(2009, 6, 1, 8, 42, 50);
      CultureInfo originalCulture = 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;
   }
}
// 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

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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

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