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# Decimal.ToSByte Method

Visual Studio 2010

Updated: May 2012

Converts the value of the specified Decimal to the equivalent 8-bit signed integer.

This API is not CLS-compliant. The CLS-compliant alternative is ToInt16(Decimal).

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

## Syntax

```[CLSCompliantAttribute(false)]
public static sbyte ToSByte(
decimal value
)
```

#### Parameters

value
Type: System.Decimal
The decimal number to convert.

#### Return Value

Type: System.SByte
An 8-bit signed integer equivalent to value.

## Exceptions

ExceptionCondition
OverflowException

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

## Examples

The following example uses the ToSByte method to convert decimal numbers to SByte values.

```
using System;

class Example
{
public static void Main( )
{
decimal[] values = { 123m, new Decimal(78000, 0, 0, false, 3),
78.999m, 255.999m, 256m,
127.999m, 128m, -0.999m,
-1m,  -128.999m, -129m };

foreach (var value in values) {
try {
sbyte number = Decimal.ToSByte(value);
Console.WriteLine("{0} --> {1}", value, number);
}
catch (OverflowException e)
{
Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}", e.GetType().Name, value);
}
}
}
}
// The example displays the following output:
//     78 --> 78
//     78.000 --> 78
//     78.999 --> 78
//     OverflowException: 255.999
//     OverflowException: 256
//     127.999 --> 127
//     OverflowException: 128
//     -0.999 --> 0
//     -1 --> -1
//     -128.999 --> -128
//     OverflowException: -129

```

## Version Information

#### .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

#### Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

## Platforms

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.

## Change History

Date

History

Reason

May 2012

Replaced the example.

Customer feedback.

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