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Decimal Narrowing Conversion (Single to Decimal)

Converts a single-precision floating-point number to a Decimal.

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

Public Shared Narrowing Operator CType ( _
	value As Single _
) As Decimal


Type: System.Single
The single-precision floating-point number to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Decimal
The converted single-precision floating point number.


value is less than MinValue or greater than MaxValue.


value is Single.NaN, Single.PositiveInfinity, or Single.NegativeInfinity.

The following code example converts Single values to Decimal numbers using the Single to Decimal conversion. This conversion requires the op_Explicit operator in Visual Basic.

' Example of the explicit conversion from Single to Decimal.
Imports System
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Module DecimalFromSingleDemo

    Const formatter As String = "{0,16:E7}{1,33}"

    ' Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
    Function GetExceptionType( ex As Exception ) As String

        Dim exceptionType   As String = ex.GetType( ).ToString( )
        Return exceptionType.Substring( _
            exceptionType.LastIndexOf( "."c ) + 1 )
    End Function

    ' Convert the Single argument; catch exceptions that are thrown.
    Sub DecimalFromSingle( argument As Single )

        Dim decValue    As Object

        ' Convert the Single argument to a Decimal value.
            decValue = Decimal.op_Explicit( argument )
        Catch ex As Exception
            decValue = GetExceptionType( ex )
        End Try

        ' Display the Decimal.
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, argument, decValue )
    End Sub 

    Sub Main( )

        Console.WriteLine( _
            "This example of the explicit conversion from Single " & _
            "to Decimal " & vbCrLf & "generates the following " & _
            "output." & vbCrLf )
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "Single argument", _
            "Decimal value" )
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "---------------", _
            "-------------" )

        ' Convert Single values and display the results.
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.2345E-30 )
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.2345E-26 )
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.23456E-22 )
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.23456E-12 )
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.234567 )
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.234567E+12 )
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.2345678E+28 ) 
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.2345678E+30 )
    End Sub 
End Module

' This example of the explicit conversion from Single to Decimal
' generates the following output.
'  Single argument                    Decimal value
'  ---------------                    -------------
'   1.2345000E-030                                0
'   1.2345000E-026   0.0000000000000000000000000123
'   1.2345600E-022    0.000000000000000000000123456
'   1.2345600E-012              0.00000000000123456
'   1.2345671E+000                         1.234567
'   1.2345670E+012                    1234567000000
'   1.2345678E+028    12345680000000000000000000000
'   1.2345678E+030                OverflowException

.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

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.