# Decimal.ToSByte Method (Decimal)

.NET Framework (current version)

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clsCompliantAlternativeM:System.Decimal.ToInt16(System.Decimal)

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

This API is not CLS-compliant.

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

Exception Condition
OverflowException

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

## Remarks

You can also convert a Decimal value to an 8-bit signed integer by using the Explicit(Decimal to SByte) assignment operator. Because the operator performs a narrowing conversion, you must use a casting operator in C# or a conversion function in Visual Basic.

## 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

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1