Decimal Explicit Conversion (Decimal to Single)


Defines an explicit conversion of a Decimal to a single-precision floating-point number.

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

public static explicit operator float (
	decimal value


Type: System.Decimal

The value to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Single

A single-precision floating-point number that represents the converted Decimal.

This operation can result in a loss of precision, because a single-precision floating-point number has fewer significant digits than a Decimal.

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

The following example converts Decimal numbers to Single values by using the explicit Decimal to Single conversion.

using System;

class Example
    public static void Main( )
        // Define an array of decimal values.
        decimal[] values = { 0.0000000000000000000000000001M, 
                             123M, new decimal(123000000, 0, 0, false, 6),
                             decimal.MinValue, decimal.MaxValue };
        // Convert each value to a double.
        foreach (var value in values) {
            float dblValue = (float) value;
            Console.WriteLine("{0} ({1}) --> {2} ({3})", value,
                              value.GetType().Name, dblValue, 
// The example displays the following output:
//    0.0000000000000000000000000001 (Decimal) --> 1E-28 (Single)
//    0.0000000000123456789123456789 (Decimal) --> 1.234568E-11 (Single)
//    123 (Decimal) --> 123 (Single)
//    123.000000 (Decimal) --> 123 (Single)
//    123456789.123456789 (Decimal) --> 1.234568E+08 (Single)
//    123456789123456789123456789 (Decimal) --> 1.234568E+26 (Single)
//    -79228162514264337593543950335 (Decimal) --> -7.922816E+28 (Single)
//    79228162514264337593543950335 (Decimal) --> 7.922816E+28 (Single)

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.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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