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String::ToString Method

Returns this instance of String; no actual conversion is performed.

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

public:
virtual String^ ToString() override

Return Value

Type: System::String
The current string.

Because this method simply returns the current string unchanged, there is no need to call it directly. It is usually called implicitly in a composite formatting operation, as the example shows.

The following example demonstrates the ToString method. Note that the example does not explicitly call the ToString method. Instead, the method is called implicitly by the composite formatting feature.

using namespace System;
int main()
{
   String^ str1 = "123";
   String^ str2 = "abc";
   Console::WriteLine( "Original str1: {0}", str1 );
   Console::WriteLine( "Original str2: {0}", str2 );
   Console::WriteLine( "str1 same as str2?: {0}", Object::ReferenceEquals( str1, str2 ) );
   str2 = str1;
   Console::WriteLine();
   Console::WriteLine( "New str2:      {0}", str2 );
   Console::WriteLine( "str1 same as str2?: {0}", Object::ReferenceEquals( str1, str2 ) );
}

/*
This code produces the following output:
Original str1: 123
Original str2: abc
str1 same as str2?: False

New str2:      123
str1 same as str2?: True
*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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