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# Decimal.op_Explicit Method (Decimal)

.NET Framework 3.0
Converts a Decimal to an 8-bit unsigned integer.

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

## Syntax

```public static explicit operator byte (
decimal value
)
```
```Not applicable.
```

#### Parameters

value

A Decimal to convert.

#### Return Value

An 8-bit unsigned integer that represents the converted Decimal.

## Exceptions

Exception typeCondition

OverflowException

value is less than Byte.MinValue or greater than Byte.MaxValue.

## Remarks

This operator supports the explicit conversion of a Decimal to a Byte. The syntax for such explicit conversions is language-dependent, and individual language compilers can provide different implementations and return different results. The example illustrates the different return values when you explicitly convert a Decimal value to a Byte value by using C# and Visual Basic. To perform a conversion that is independent of language, you can call the Decimal.ToByte or the Convert.ToByte(Decimal) method.

## Example

The following code example converts Decimal numbers to Byte values using the explicit Decimal to Byte conversion.

```// Example of the explicit conversions from decimal to byte and
// decimal to sbyte.
using System;

class DecimalToS_ByteDemo
{
const string formatter = "{0,16}{1,19}{2,19}";

// Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
public static string GetExceptionType( Exception ex )
{
string exceptionType = ex.GetType( ).ToString( );
return exceptionType.Substring(
exceptionType.LastIndexOf( '.' ) + 1 );
}

// Convert the decimal argument; catch exceptions that are thrown.
public static void DecimalToS_Byte( decimal argument )
{
object SByteValue;
object ByteValue;

// Convert the argument to an sbyte value.
try
{
SByteValue = (sbyte)argument;
}
catch( Exception ex )
{
SByteValue = GetExceptionType( ex );
}

// Convert the argument to a byte value.
try
{
ByteValue = (byte)argument;
}
catch( Exception ex )
{
ByteValue = GetExceptionType( ex );
}

Console.WriteLine( formatter, argument,
SByteValue, ByteValue );
}

public static void Main( )
{
Console.WriteLine(
"This example of the explicit conversions from decimal " +
"to sbyte \nand decimal to byte generates the following " +
"output. It displays \nseveral converted decimal " +
"values.\n" );
Console.WriteLine( formatter, "decimal argument",
"sbyte/exception", "byte/exception" );
Console.WriteLine( formatter, "----------------",
"---------------", "--------------" );

// Convert decimal values and display the results.
DecimalToS_Byte( 78M );
DecimalToS_Byte( new decimal( 78000, 0, 0, false, 3 ) );
DecimalToS_Byte( 78.999M );
DecimalToS_Byte( 255.999M );
DecimalToS_Byte( 256M );
DecimalToS_Byte( 127.999M );
DecimalToS_Byte( 128M );
DecimalToS_Byte( -0.999M );
DecimalToS_Byte( -1M );
DecimalToS_Byte( -128.999M );
DecimalToS_Byte( -129M );
}
}

/*
This example of the explicit conversions from decimal to sbyte
and decimal to byte generates the following output. It displays
several converted decimal values.

decimal argument    sbyte/exception     byte/exception
----------------    ---------------     --------------
78                 78                 78
78.000                 78                 78
78.999                 78                 78
255.999  OverflowException                255
256  OverflowException  OverflowException
127.999                127                127
128  OverflowException                128
-0.999                  0                  0
-1                 -1  OverflowException
-128.999               -128  OverflowException
-129  OverflowException  OverflowException
*/

```

## Platforms

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

## Version Information

#### .NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

#### .NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

#### XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0