Decimal Explicit Conversion (Decimal to Single)

Converts a Decimal to a single-precision floating-point number.

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

public static explicit operator float (
	decimal value


Type: System.Decimal
A Decimal to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Single
A single-precision floating-point number that represents the converted Decimal.

This operation can produce round-off errors because a single-precision floating-point number has fewer significant digits than a Decimal.

This operator supports the explicit conversion of a Decimal to a Single. The syntax for such explicit conversions is language-dependent, and individual language compilers can provide different implementations and return different results. The example illustrates the different return values when you explicitly convert a Decimal value to a Single value by using C# and Visual Basic. To perform a conversion that is independent of language, you can call the ToSingle or the Convert.ToSingle(Decimal) method.

The following code example converts Decimal numbers to Single values using the explicit Decimal to Single conversion.

// Example of the explicit conversions from decimal to float and 
// decimal to double.
using System;

class Example
   static string formatter = "{0,30}{1,17}{2,23}";

   // Convert the decimal argument; no exceptions are thrown.
   public static void DecimalToSgl_Dbl(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock, decimal argument)
      object SingleValue;
      object DoubleValue;

      // Convert the argument to a single value.
      SingleValue = (float)argument;

      // Convert the argument to a double value.
      DoubleValue = (double)argument;

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, argument,
          SingleValue, DoubleValue) + "\n";

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(
          "This example of the explicit conversions from decimal " +
          "to float \nand decimal to double generates the " +
          "following output. It displays \nseveral converted " +
          "decimal values.\n") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, "decimal argument",
          "float", "double") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(formatter, "----------------",
          "-----", "------") + "\n";

      // Convert decimal values and display the results.
      DecimalToSgl_Dbl(outputBlock, 0.0000000000000000000000000001M);
      DecimalToSgl_Dbl(outputBlock, 0.0000000000123456789123456789M);
      DecimalToSgl_Dbl(outputBlock, 123M);
      DecimalToSgl_Dbl(outputBlock, new decimal(123000000, 0, 0, false, 6));
      DecimalToSgl_Dbl(outputBlock, 123456789.123456789M);
      DecimalToSgl_Dbl(outputBlock, 123456789123456789123456789M);
      DecimalToSgl_Dbl(outputBlock, decimal.MinValue);
      DecimalToSgl_Dbl(outputBlock, decimal.MaxValue);

This example of the explicit conversions from decimal to float
and decimal to double generates the following output. It displays
several converted decimal values.

              decimal argument            float                 double
              ----------------            -----                 ------
0.0000000000000000000000000001            1E-28                  1E-28
0.0000000000123456789123456789     1.234568E-11   1.23456789123457E-11
                           123              123                    123
                    123.000000              123                    123
           123456789.123456789     1.234568E+08       123456789.123457
   123456789123456789123456789     1.234568E+26   1.23456789123457E+26
-79228162514264337593543950335    -7.922816E+28  -7.92281625142643E+28
 79228162514264337593543950335     7.922816E+28   7.92281625142643E+28


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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