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Decimal Constructor (Double)

Initializes a new instance of Decimal to the value of the specified double-precision floating-point number.

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

public Decimal(
	double value


Type: System.Double
The value to represent as a Decimal.


value is greater than MaxValue or less than MinValue.


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

This constructor rounds value to 15 significant digits using rounding to nearest. This is done even if the number has more than 15 digits and the less significant digits are zero.

The following code example creates several Decimal numbers using the constructor overload that initializes a Decimal structure with a Double value.

// Example of the decimal( double ) constructor.
using System;

class Example
   // Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
   public static string GetExceptionType(Exception ex)
      string exceptionType = ex.GetType().ToString();
      return exceptionType.Substring(
          exceptionType.LastIndexOf('.') + 1);

   // Create a decimal object and display its value.
   public static void CreateDecimal(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock, double value, string valToStr)
      // Format and display the constructor.
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,-34}",
          String.Format("decimal( {0} )", valToStr));

         // Construct the decimal value.
         decimal decimalNum = new decimal(value);

         // Display the value if it was created successfully.
         outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,31}", decimalNum) + "\n";
      catch (Exception ex)
         // Display the exception type if an exception was thrown.
         outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,31}", GetExceptionType(ex)) + "\n";

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("This example of the decimal( double ) " +
          "constructor \ngenerates the following output.\n") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,-34}{1,31}", "Constructor",
          "Value or Exception") + "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0,-34}{1,31}", "-----------",
          "------------------") + "\n";

      // Construct decimal objects from double values.
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.23456789E+5, "1.23456789E+5");
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.234567890123E+15, "1.234567890123E+15");
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.2345678901234567E+25,
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.2345678901234567E+35,
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.23456789E-5, "1.23456789E-5");
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.234567890123E-15, "1.234567890123E-15");
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.2345678901234567E-25,
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.2345678901234567E-35,
      CreateDecimal(outputBlock, 1.0 / 7.0, "1.0 / 7.0");

This example of the decimal( double ) constructor
generates the following output.

Constructor                                    Value or Exception
-----------                                    ------------------
decimal( 1.23456789E+5 )                               123456.789
decimal( 1.234567890123E+15 )                    1234567890123000
decimal( 1.2345678901234567E+25 )      12345678901234600000000000
decimal( 1.2345678901234567E+35 )               OverflowException
decimal( 1.23456789E-5 )                          0.0000123456789
decimal( 1.234567890123E-15 )       0.000000000000001234567890123
decimal( 1.2345678901234567E-25 )  0.0000000000000000000000001235
decimal( 1.2345678901234567E-35 )                               0
decimal( 1.0 / 7.0 )                            0.142857142857143


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

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