Decimal Explicit Conversion (Decimal to UInt16)

Converts a Decimal to a 16-bit unsigned integer.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

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

public static explicit operator ushort (
	decimal value


Type: System.Decimal
A Decimal to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.UInt16
A 16-bit unsigned integer that represents the converted Decimal.


value is greater than UInt16.MaxValue or less than UInt16.MinValue.

This operator supports the explicit conversion of a Decimal to a UInt16. 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 UInt16 value by using C# and Visual Basic. To perform a conversion that is independent of language, you can call the ToUInt16 or the Convert.ToUInt16(Decimal) method.

The following code example converts Decimal numbers to UInt16 values using the explicit Decimal to UInt16 conversion.

// Example of the explicit conversions from decimal to short and 
// decimal to ushort.
using System;

class Example
   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 DecimalToU_Int16(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock, decimal argument)
      object Int16Value;
      object UInt16Value;

      // Convert the argument to a short value.
         Int16Value = (short)argument;
      catch (Exception ex)
         Int16Value = GetExceptionType(ex);

      // Convert the argument to a ushort value.
         UInt16Value = (ushort)argument;
      catch (Exception ex)
         UInt16Value = GetExceptionType(ex);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, argument,
          Int16Value, UInt16Value) + "\n";

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(
          "This example of the explicit conversions from decimal " +
          "to short \nand decimal to ushort generates the " +
          "following output. It displays \nseveral converted " +
          "decimal values.\n") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, "decimal argument",
          "short/exception", "ushort/exception") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, "----------------",
          "---------------", "----------------") + "\n";

      // Convert decimal values and display the results.
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, 123M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, new decimal(123000, 0, 0, false, 3));
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, 123.999M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, 65535.999M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, 65536M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, 32767.999M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, 32768M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, -0.999M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, -1M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, -32768.999M);
      DecimalToU_Int16(outputBlock, -32769M);

This example of the explicit conversions from decimal to short
and decimal to ushort generates the following output. It displays
several converted decimal values.

decimal argument    short/exception   ushort/exception
----------------    ---------------   ----------------
             123                123                123
         123.000                123                123
         123.999                123                123
       65535.999  OverflowException              65535
           65536  OverflowException  OverflowException
       32767.999              32767              32767
           32768  OverflowException              32768
          -0.999                  0                  0
              -1                 -1  OverflowException
      -32768.999             -32768  OverflowException
          -32769  OverflowException  OverflowException


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.