Convert.ToInt16 Method (Char)

Converts the value of the specified Unicode character to the equivalent 16-bit signed integer.

Namespace:  System
Assemblies:   System.Runtime.Extensions (in System.Runtime.Extensions.dll)
  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static short ToInt16(
	char value


Type: System.Char

The Unicode character to convert.

Return Value

Type: System.Int16
A 16-bit signed integer that is equivalent to value.


value is greater than Int16.MaxValue.

The following example attempts to convert each element in an array of Char values to a 16-bit signed integer.

char[] chars = { 'a', 'z', '\x0007', '\x03FF',
                 '\x7FFF', '\xFFFE' };
short result;

foreach (char ch in chars)
   try {
      result = Convert.ToInt16(ch);
      Console.WriteLine("'{0}' converts to {1}.", ch, result);
   catch (OverflowException) {
      Console.WriteLine("Unable to convert u+{0} to an Int16.",
// The example displays the following output: 
//       'a' converts to 97. 
//       'z' converts to 122. 
//       '' converts to 7. 
//       '?' converts to 1023. 
//       '?' converts to 32767. 
//       Unable to convert u+FFFE to a UInt16.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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