ToSByte Method (Int16)

Convert.ToSByte Method (Int16)


Converts the value of the specified 16-bit signed integer to the equivalent 8-bit signed integer.

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

public static sbyte ToSByte(
	short value


Type: System.Int16

The 16-bit signed integer to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.SByte

An 8-bit signed integer that is equivalent to value.

Exception Condition

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

The following example attempts to convert each element in an array of signed 16-bit integers to a signed byte.

short[] numbers = { Int16.MinValue, -1, 0, 121, 340, Int16.MaxValue };
sbyte result;
foreach (short number in numbers)
   try {
      result = Convert.ToSByte(number);
      Console.WriteLine("Converted the {0} value {1} to the {2} value {3}.",
                        number.GetType().Name, number,
                        result.GetType().Name, result);
   catch (OverflowException) {
      Console.WriteLine("The {0} value {1} is outside the range of the SByte type.",
                        number.GetType().Name, number);
// The example displays the following output:
//    The Int16 value -32768 is outside the range of the SByte type.
//    Converted the Int16 value -1 to the SByte value -1.
//    Converted the Int16 value 0 to the SByte value 0.
//    Converted the Int16 value 121 to the SByte value 121.
//    The Int16 value 340 is outside the range of the SByte type.
//    The Int16 value 32767 is outside the range of the SByte type.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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