TimeSpan.MinValue Field

Represents the minimum TimeSpan value. This field is read-only.

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

public static readonly TimeSpan MinValue

The value of this field is equivalent to Int64.MinValue ticks. The string representation of this value is negative 10675199.02:48:05.4775808, or slightly more than negative 10,675,199 days.

The following code example references and displays the value of the MinValue field.

// Example of the TimeSpan fields.
using System;

class Example
   // Pad the end of a TimeSpan string with spaces if it does not 
   // contain milliseconds.
   static string Align(TimeSpan interval)
      string intervalStr = interval.ToString();
      int pointIndex = intervalStr.IndexOf(':');

      pointIndex = intervalStr.IndexOf('.', pointIndex);
      if (pointIndex < 0) intervalStr += "        ";
      return intervalStr;

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      const string numberFmt = "{0,-22}{1,18:N0}";
      const string timeFmt = "{0,-22}{1,26}";

      outputBlock.Text += 
          "This example of the fields of the TimeSpan class" +
          "\ngenerates the following output.\n" + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(numberFmt, "Field", "Value") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(numberFmt, "-----", "-----") + "\n";

      // Display the maximum, minimum, and zero TimeSpan values.
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(timeFmt, "Maximum TimeSpan",
          Align(TimeSpan.MaxValue)) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(timeFmt, "Minimum TimeSpan",
          Align(TimeSpan.MinValue)) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(timeFmt, "Zero TimeSpan",
          Align(TimeSpan.Zero)) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += "\n";

      // Display the ticks-per-time-unit fields.
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(numberFmt, "Ticks per day",
          TimeSpan.TicksPerDay) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(numberFmt, "Ticks per hour",
          TimeSpan.TicksPerHour) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(numberFmt, "Ticks per minute",
          TimeSpan.TicksPerMinute) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(numberFmt, "Ticks per second",
          TimeSpan.TicksPerSecond) + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(numberFmt, "Ticks per millisecond",
          TimeSpan.TicksPerMillisecond) + "\n";

This example of the fields of the TimeSpan class
generates the following output.

Field                              Value
-----                              -----
Maximum TimeSpan       10675199.02:48:05.4775807
Minimum TimeSpan      -10675199.02:48:05.4775808
Zero TimeSpan                   00:00:00

Ticks per day            864,000,000,000
Ticks per hour            36,000,000,000
Ticks per minute             600,000,000
Ticks per second              10,000,000
Ticks per millisecond             10,000


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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