Gets or sets a DateTimeFormatInfo that defines the culturally appropriate format of displaying dates and times.

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

public virtual DateTimeFormatInfo DateTimeFormat { get; set; }
public:
property DateTimeFormatInfo^ DateTimeFormat {
	virtual DateTimeFormatInfo^ get();
	virtual void set(DateTimeFormatInfo^ value);
}
abstract DateTimeFormat : DateTimeFormatInfo with get, set
override DateTimeFormat : DateTimeFormatInfo with get, set
Public Overridable Property DateTimeFormat As DateTimeFormatInfo

Property Value

Type:

A DateTimeFormatInfo that defines the culturally appropriate format of displaying dates and times.

Exception Condition
ArgumentNullException

The property is set to null.

InvalidOperationException

The property or any of the DateTimeFormatInfo properties is set, and the CultureInfo is read-only.

The user might choose to override some of the values associated with the current culture of Windows through the regional and language options portion of Control Panel. For example, the user might choose to display the date in a different format or to use a currency other than the default for the culture.

If is true and the specified culture matches the current culture of Windows, the CultureInfo uses those overrides, including user settings for the properties of the DateTimeFormatInfo instance returned by the property, and the properties of the NumberFormatInfo instance returned by the property. If the user settings are incompatible with the culture associated with the CultureInfo, for example, if the selected calendar is not one of the , the results of the methods and the values of the properties are undefined.

The value of the property and the property is not calculated until your application accesses the property. If the user can change the current culture to a new culture while the application is running and then the application accesses the or property, the application retrieves the defaults for the new culture instead of the overrides for the original culture. To preserve the overrides for the original current culture, the application should access the and properties before changing the current culture.

Notes to Callers:

If is the TaiwanCalendar but the is not set to Chinese (Taiwan), named zh-TW, then , DateTimeFormatInfoGetEraName, and DateTimeFormatInfoGetAbbreviatedEraName return an empty string ("").

The following code example shows that CultureInfo.Clone also clones the DateTimeFormatInfo and NumberFormatInfo instances associated with the CultureInfo.

using System;
using System.Globalization;


public class SamplesCultureInfo  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a CultureInfo.
      CultureInfo myCI = new CultureInfo("en-US", false);

      // Clones myCI and modifies the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the clone.
      CultureInfo myCIclone = (CultureInfo) myCI.Clone();
      myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator = "a.m.";
      myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator = "-";
      myCIclone.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol = "USD";
      myCIclone.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits = 4;

      // Displays the properties of the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the original and with the clone. 
      Console.WriteLine( "DTFI/NFI PROPERTY\tORIGINAL\tMODIFIED CLONE" );
      Console.WriteLine( "DTFI.AMDesignator\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator, myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator );
      Console.WriteLine( "DTFI.DateSeparator\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator, myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator );
      Console.WriteLine( "NFI.CurrencySymbol\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol, myCIclone.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol );
      Console.WriteLine( "NFI.NumberDecimalDigits\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits, myCIclone.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits );

   }

}

/*
This code produces the following output.

DTFI/NFI PROPERTY       ORIGINAL        MODIFIED CLONE
DTFI.AMDesignator       AM              a.m.
DTFI.DateSeparator      /               -
NFI.CurrencySymbol      $               USD
NFI.NumberDecimalDigits 2               4

*/
Imports System
Imports System.Globalization


Public Class SamplesCultureInfo

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Creates and initializes a CultureInfo.
      Dim myCI As New CultureInfo("en-US", False)

      ' Clones myCI and modifies the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the clone.
      Dim myCIclone As CultureInfo = CType(myCI.Clone(), CultureInfo)
      myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator = "a.m."
      myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator = "-"
      myCIclone.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol = "USD"
      myCIclone.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits = 4

      ' Displays the properties of the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the original and with the clone. 
      Console.WriteLine("DTFI/NFI PROPERTY" + ControlChars.Tab + "ORIGINAL" + ControlChars.Tab + "MODIFIED CLONE")
      Console.WriteLine("DTFI.AMDesignator" + ControlChars.Tab + "{0}" + ControlChars.Tab + ControlChars.Tab + "{1}", myCI.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator, myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.AMDesignator)
      Console.WriteLine("DTFI.DateSeparator" + ControlChars.Tab + "{0}" + ControlChars.Tab + ControlChars.Tab + "{1}", myCI.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator, myCIclone.DateTimeFormat.DateSeparator)
      Console.WriteLine("NFI.CurrencySymbol" + ControlChars.Tab + "{0}" + ControlChars.Tab + ControlChars.Tab + "{1}", myCI.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol, myCIclone.NumberFormat.CurrencySymbol)
      Console.WriteLine("NFI.NumberDecimalDigits" + ControlChars.Tab + "{0}" + ControlChars.Tab + ControlChars.Tab + "{1}", myCI.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits, myCIclone.NumberFormat.NumberDecimalDigits)

   End Sub 'Main 

End Class 'SamplesCultureInfo


' This code produces the following output.
'
' DTFI/NFI PROPERTY       ORIGINAL        MODIFIED CLONE
' DTFI.AMDesignator       AM              a.m.
' DTFI.DateSeparator      /               -
' NFI.CurrencySymbol      $               USD
' NFI.NumberDecimalDigits 2               4
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Globalization;
int main()
{

   // Creates and initializes a CultureInfo.
   CultureInfo^ myCI = gcnew CultureInfo( "en-US",false );

   // Clones myCI and modifies the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the clone.
   CultureInfo^ myCIclone = dynamic_cast<CultureInfo^>(myCI->Clone());
   myCIclone->DateTimeFormat->AMDesignator = "a.m.";
   myCIclone->DateTimeFormat->DateSeparator = "-";
   myCIclone->NumberFormat->CurrencySymbol = "USD";
   myCIclone->NumberFormat->NumberDecimalDigits = 4;

   // Displays the properties of the DTFI and NFI instances associated with the original and with the clone. 
   Console::WriteLine( "DTFI/NFI PROPERTY\tORIGINAL\tMODIFIED CLONE" );
   Console::WriteLine( "DTFI.AMDesignator\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI->DateTimeFormat->AMDesignator, myCIclone->DateTimeFormat->AMDesignator );
   Console::WriteLine( "DTFI.DateSeparator\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI->DateTimeFormat->DateSeparator, myCIclone->DateTimeFormat->DateSeparator );
   Console::WriteLine( "NFI.CurrencySymbol\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI->NumberFormat->CurrencySymbol, myCIclone->NumberFormat->CurrencySymbol );
   Console::WriteLine( "NFI.NumberDecimalDigits\t{0}\t\t{1}", myCI->NumberFormat->NumberDecimalDigits, myCIclone->NumberFormat->NumberDecimalDigits );
}

/*
This code produces the following output.

DTFI/NFI PROPERTY       ORIGINAL        MODIFIED CLONE
DTFI.AMDesignator       AM              a.m.
DTFI.DateSeparator      /               -
NFI.CurrencySymbol      $               USD
NFI.NumberDecimalDigits 2               4
*/
Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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