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Type.ToString Method

Returns a String representing the name of the current Type.

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

Public Overrides Function ToString As String
Dim instance As Type 
Dim returnValue As String 

returnValue = instance.ToString()

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String representing the name of the current Type.



This method returns the fully qualified common language runtime namespace and name for all primitive types. For example, the C# instruction, (long)0.Type().ToString() returns "System.Int64" instead of merely "Int64".

If the current Type represents a generic type, the type and its type arguments are qualified by namespace and by nested type, but not by assembly. If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method returns the unqualified name of the type parameter.

This following example demonstrates a use of the Namespace and Module properties and the ToString method of Type.

Imports System
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic
Namespace MyNamespace
    Class [MyClass]
    End Class '[MyClass]
End Namespace 'MyNamespace
Public Class Type_ToString_3
    Public Shared Sub Main()
            Dim myType As Type = GetType(MyNamespace.MyClass)
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.NewLine + "Printing the details of {0}." + ControlChars.NewLine, myType)
            ' Get the namespace of the class Type_ToString_3.
            Console.WriteLine("Namespace: {0}.", myType.Namespace)
            ' Get the name of the module.
            Console.WriteLine("Module: {0}.", myType.Module)
            ' Get the fully qualified common language runtime namespace.
            Console.WriteLine("Fully qualified type: {0}.", myType.ToString())
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("Exception: " + e.Message.ToString())
        End Try 
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Type_ToString_3

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0