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Int16.ToString Method (String, IFormatProvider)

Converts the numeric value of this instance to its equivalent string representation using the specified format and culture-specific formatting information.

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

public string ToString(
	string format,
	IFormatProvider provider


Type: System.String

A numeric format string (see Remarks).

Type: System.IFormatProvider

An object that supplies culture-specific formatting information.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The string representation of the value of this instance as specified by format and provider.


IFormattable.ToString(String, IFormatProvider)

The format parameter can be either a standard or a custom numeric format string. All standard numeric format strings other than "R" (or "r") are supported, as are all custom numeric format characters. If format is null or an empty string (""), the string returned by this method is formatted with the general numeric format specifier ("G").

The .NET Framework provides extensive formatting support, which is described in greater detail in the following formatting topics:

The provider parameter is an IFormatProvider implementation. Its GetFormat method returns a NumberFormatInfo object that provides culture-specific information about the format of the string that is returned by this method. The object that implements IFormatProvider can be any of the following:

  • A CultureInfo object that represents the culture whose formatting rules are to be used.

  • A NumberFormatInfo object that contains specific numeric formatting information for this value.

  • A custom object that implements IFormatProvider.

If provider is null, or a NumberFormatInfo object cannot be obtained from provider, the return value is formatted with the NumberFormatInfo for the current culture.

The following example displays an Int16 value using each of the supported standard format strings in four different cultures.

Int16 value = 14603;
string[] formats = {"C", "D6", "e1", "E2", "F1", "G", "N1", 
                    "P0", "X4", "000000.0000", "##000.0"};
CultureInfo[] providers = {new CultureInfo("en-us"), 
                           new CultureInfo("fr-fr"), 
                           new CultureInfo("de-de"), 
                           new CultureInfo("es-es")};
// Display header.
Console.WriteLine("{0,24}{1,14}{2,14}{3,14}", providers[0], providers[1], 
                  providers[2], providers[3]);
// Display a value using each format string. 
foreach (string format in formats)
   // Display the value for each provider on the same line.
   Console.Write("{0,-12}", format);
   foreach (CultureInfo provider in providers)
      Console.Write("{0,12}  ", 
                    value.ToString(format, provider)); 
// The example displays the following output to the console: 
//                       en-US         fr-FR         de-DE         es-ES 
//    C             $14,603.00   14 603,00 €   14.603,00 €   14.603,00 €   
//    D6                014603        014603        014603        014603   
//    e1              1.5e+004      1,5e+004      1,5e+004      1,5e+004   
//    E2             1.46E+004     1,46E+004     1,46E+004     1,46E+004   
//    F1               14603.0       14603,0       14603,0       14603,0   
//    G                  14603         14603         14603         14603   
//    N1              14,603.0      14 603,0      14.603,0      14.603,0   
//    P0           1,460,300 %   1 460 300 %    1.460.300%   1.460.300 %   
//    X4                  390B          390B          390B          390B   
//    000000.0000  014603.0000   014603,0000   014603,0000   014603,0000   
//    ##000.0          14603.0       14603,0       14603,0       14603,0  

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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