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Convert.ToInt16 Method (Decimal)

Converts the value of the specified decimal number to an equivalent 16-bit signed integer.

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

public static short ToInt16(
	decimal value


Type: System.Decimal

The decimal number to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Int16
value, rounded to the nearest 16-bit signed integer. If value is halfway between two whole numbers, the even number is returned; that is, 4.5 is converted to 4, and 5.5 is converted to 6.


value is greater than Int16.MaxValue or less than Int16.MinValue.

The following example attempts to convert each element in an array of Decimal values to a 16-bit signed integer. The example illustrates that any fractional part of a Decimal value is rounded when performing the conversion.

decimal[] values = { Decimal.MinValue, -1034.23m, -12m, 0m, 147m,
                            9214.16m, Decimal.MaxValue };
short result;

foreach (decimal value in values)
   try {
      result = Convert.ToInt16(value);
      Console.WriteLine("Converted {0} to {1}.", value, result);
   catch (OverflowException)
      Console.WriteLine("{0} is outside the range of the Int16 type.",
// The example displays the following output: 
//    -79228162514264337593543950335 is outside the range of the Int16 type. 
//    Converted -1034.23 to -1034. 
//    Converted -12 to -12. 
//    Converted 0 to 0. 
//    Converted 147 to 147. 
//    Converted 9214.16 to 9214. 
//    79228162514264337593543950335 is outside the range of the Int16 type.

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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