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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.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0