ToInt16 Method (Char)

Convert.ToInt16 Method (Char)


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

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

public static short ToInt16(
	char value


Type: System.Char

The Unicode character to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Int16

A 16-bit signed integer that is equivalent to value.

Exception Condition

value is greater than Int16.MaxValue.

The following example attempts to convert each element in an array of Char values to a 16-bit signed integer.

char[] chars = { 'a', 'z', '\x0007', '\x03FF',
                 '\x7FFF', '\xFFFE' };
short result;

foreach (char ch in chars)
   try {
      result = Convert.ToInt16(ch);
      Console.WriteLine("'{0}' converts to {1}.", ch, result);
   catch (OverflowException) {
      Console.WriteLine("Unable to convert u+{0} to an Int16.",
// The example displays the following output:
//       'a' converts to 97.
//       'z' converts to 122.
//       '' converts to 7.
//       '?' converts to 1023.
//       '?' converts to 32767.
//       Unable to convert u+FFFE to a UInt16.

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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