# Convert.ToSByte Method (Decimal)

.NET Framework (current version)

Converts the value of the specified decimal number to an equivalent 8-bit signed integer.

This API is not CLS-compliant.

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

## Syntax

```[CLSCompliantAttribute(false)]
public static sbyte ToSByte(
decimal value
)
```

#### Parameters

value
Type: System.Decimal

The decimal number to convert.

#### Return Value

Type: System.SByte

value, rounded to the nearest 8-bit signed integer. If value is halfway between two whole numbers, the even number is returned; that is, 4.5 is converted to 4, and 5.5 is converted to 6.

## Exceptions

Exception Condition
OverflowException

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

## Examples

The following example attempts to convert each element in an array of Decimal values to a signed byte.

```decimal[] numbers = { Decimal.MinValue, -129.5m, -12.7m, 0m, 16m,
103.6m, 255.0m, Decimal.MaxValue };
sbyte result;

foreach (decimal 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 Decimal value -79228162514264337593543950335 is outside the range of the SByte type.
//    The Decimal value -129.5 is outside the range of the SByte type.
//    Converted the Decimal value -12.7 to the SByte value -13.
//    Converted the Decimal value 0 to the SByte value 0.
//    Converted the Decimal value 16 to the SByte value 16.
//    Converted the Decimal value 103.6 to the SByte value 104.
//    The Decimal value 255 is outside the range of the SByte type.
//    The Decimal value 79228162514264337593543950335 is outside the range of the SByte type.
```

## Version Information

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1