ToShortDateString Method

DateTime.ToShortDateString Method ()


Converts the value of the current DateTime object to its equivalent short date string representation.

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

public string ToShortDateString()

Return Value

Type: System.String

A string that contains the short date string representation of the current DateTime object.

The value of the current DateTime object is formatted using the pattern defined by the DateTimeFormatInfo.ShortDatePattern property associated with the current thread culture. The return value is identical to the value returned by specifying the "d" with the ToString(String) method.


The string returned by the ToShortDateString method is culture-sensitive. It reflects the pattern defined by the current culture's DateTimeFormatInfo object. For example, for the en-US culture, the standard short date pattern is "M/d/yyyy"; for the de-DE culture, it is "dd.MM.yyyy"; for the ja-JP culture, it is "yyyy/M/d". The specific format string on a particular computer can also be customized so that it differs from the standard short date format string.

For more information about the current thread culture, see the Thread.CurrentCulture property. For more information about format characters, format patterns, and the output they produce, see the Formatting Types in the .NET Framework topic. For more information about changing the format pattern associated with a format character, see the DateTimeFormatInfo class.

The following example demonstrates the ToShortDateString method. It also shows that the result of calling the ToShortDateString method is identical to calling the DateTime.ToString(String) method with "d" as the format parameter.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample 
  public static void Main()

    //Create the validating reader.
    XmlTextReader txtreader = new XmlTextReader("attrs.xml");
    XmlValidatingReader reader = new XmlValidatingReader(txtreader);

    //Read the ISBN attribute.
    string isbn = reader.GetAttribute("ISBN");
    Console.WriteLine("The ISBN value: " + isbn);

    //Close the reader.

} // End class

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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