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DateTime.ToShortDateString Method

Converts the value of this instance to its equivalent short date string representation.

[Visual Basic]
Public Function ToShortDateString() As String
public string ToShortDateString();
public: String* ToShortDateString();
public function ToShortDateString() : String;

Return Value

A string containing the numeric month, the numeric day of the month, and the year equivalent to the date value of this instance.


The value of this instance is formatted using the short date format character, 'd'. The return value is identical to the value returned by ToString ("d", null).

For more information about format characters, format patterns, and the output they produce, see the Formatting Overview topic. For more information about changing the format pattern associated with a format character see the DateTimeFormatInfo class.

This method uses formatting information derived from the current culture. For more information about the current culture, see the CurrentCulture class. You can use the CultureInfo.DateTimeFormat property to obtain the DateTimeFormatInfo for the current culture.


Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework, Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) Standard

See Also

DateTime Structure | DateTime Members | System Namespace | Formatting Overview | CultureInfo | DateTimeFormat | DateTimeFormatInfo | ToString