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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.


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.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.