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# Convert.ToString Method (Int16, Int32)

Visual Studio 2010

Converts the value of a 16-bit signed integer to its equivalent string representation in a specified base.

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

## Syntax

```public static string ToString(
short value,
int toBase
)
```

#### Parameters

value
Type: System.Int16
The 16-bit signed integer to convert.
toBase
Type: System.Int32
The base of the return value, which must be 2, 8, 10, or 16.

#### Return Value

Type: System.String
The string representation of value in base toBase.

## Exceptions

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

toBase is not 2, 8, 10, or 16.

## Remarks

If value is positive and toBase is 2, 8, or 16, the returned string uses sign-and-magnitude representation. If value is negative and toBase is 2, 8, or 16, the returned string uses two's complement representation. This means that the high-order bit of the high-order byte (bit 15) is interpreted as the sign bit. If the ToString(Int16, Int32) method is called to create a string that will later be converted back to a number, a corresponding method that assumes a similar numeric representation should be called to perform the conversion. Such methods include Convert.ToInt16(String, Int32) and Int16.Parse(String, NumberStyles).

## Examples

The following example converts each element in an array of 16-bit signed integers to its equivalent binary, octal, decimal, and hexadecimal string representations.

```
int[] bases = { 2, 8, 10, 16};
short[] numbers = { Int16.MinValue, -13621, -18, 12, 19142, Int16.MaxValue };

foreach (int baseValue in bases)
{
Console.WriteLine("Base {0} conversion:", baseValue);
foreach (short number in numbers)
{
Console.WriteLine("   {0,-8}  -->  0x{1}",
number, Convert.ToString(number, baseValue));
}
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       Base 2 conversion:
//          -32768    -->  0x1000000000000000
//          -13621    -->  0x1100101011001011
//          -18       -->  0x1111111111101110
//          12        -->  0x1100
//          19142     -->  0x100101011000110
//          32767     -->  0x111111111111111
//       Base 8 conversion:
//          -32768    -->  0x100000
//          -13621    -->  0x145313
//          -18       -->  0x177756
//          12        -->  0x14
//          19142     -->  0x45306
//          32767     -->  0x77777
//       Base 10 conversion:
//          -32768    -->  0x-32768
//          -13621    -->  0x-13621
//          -18       -->  0x-18
//          12        -->  0x12
//          19142     -->  0x19142
//          32767     -->  0x32767
//       Base 16 conversion:
//          -32768    -->  0x8000
//          -13621    -->  0xcacb
//          -18       -->  0xffee
//          12        -->  0xc
//          19142     -->  0x4ac6
//          32767     -->  0x7fff

```

## Version Information

#### .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

## Platforms

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.