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String.ToLower Method

Returns a copy of this string converted to lowercase.

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

public string ToLower()

Return Value

Type: System.String
A string in lowercase.

This method takes into account the casing rules of the current culture.


   This method does not modify the value of the current instance. Instead, it returns a new string in which all characters in the current instance are converted to lowercase.

Security Considerations

The casing operation that results from calling the ToLower method takes the casing conventions of the current culture into account. If you need the lowercase or uppercase version of an operating system identifier, such as a file name, named pipe, or registry key, use the ToLowerInvariant or ToUpperInvariant method. This produces the same result in every culture (unlike the ToLower method) and performs more efficiently.

Notes to Callers

As explained in Best Practices for Using Strings in the .NET Framework, we recommend that you avoid calling string casing methods that substitute default values and instead call methods that require parameters to be explicitly specified. To convert a character to lowercase by using the casing conventions of the current culture, call the ToLower(CultureInfo) method overload with a value of CultureInfo.CurrentCulture for its culture parameter.

The following example converts several mixed case strings to lowercase.

using System;

public class ToLowerTest {
    public static void Main() {

        string [] info = {"Name", "Title", "Age", "Location", "Gender"};

        Console.WriteLine("The initial values in the array are:");
        foreach (string s in info)

        Console.WriteLine("{0}The lowercase of these values is:", Environment.NewLine);        

        foreach (string s in info)

        Console.WriteLine("{0}The uppercase of these values is:", Environment.NewLine);        

        foreach (string s in info)
// The example displays the following output:
//       The initial values in the array are:
//       Name
//       Title
//       Age
//       Location
//       Gender
//       The lowercase of these values is:
//       name
//       title
//       age
//       location
//       gender
//       The uppercase of these values is:
//       NAME
//       TITLE
//       AGE
//       LOCATION
//       GENDER

.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

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.