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StringBuilder.Append Method (String, Int32, Int32)

Updated: January 2011

Appends a copy of a specified substring to the end of this instance.

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

public StringBuilder Append(
	string value,
	int startIndex,
	int count


Type: System.String
The String that contains the substring to append.
Type: System.Int32
The starting position of the substring within value.
Type: System.Int32
The number of characters in value to append.

Return Value

Type: System.Text.StringBuilder
A reference to this instance after the append operation has completed.


value is null, and startIndex and count are not zero.


count less than zero.


startIndex less than zero.


startIndex + count is greater than the length of value.


Enlarging the value of this instance would exceed its maximum capacity.

This method appends the specified range of characters in value to the current instance. If value is null and startIndex and count are both zero, no changes are made.

The Append method modifies the existing instance of this class; it does not return a new class instance. Because of this, you can call a method or property on the existing reference and you do not have to assign the return value to a StringBuilder object, as the following example illustrates.

string str = "First;George Washington;1789;1797";
int index = 0;
System.Text.StringBuilder sb = new System.Text.StringBuilder();
int length = str.IndexOf(';', index);      
sb.Append(str, index, length).Append(" President of the United States: ");
index += length + 1;
length = str.IndexOf(';', index) - index;
sb.Append(str, index, length).Append(", from ");
index += length + 1;
length = str.IndexOf(';', index) - index;
sb.Append(str, index, length).Append(" to ");
index += length + 1;
sb.Append(str, index, str.Length - index);
outputBlock.Text += sb.ToString() + Environment.NewLine;
// The example displays the following output:
//    First President of the United States: George Washington, from 1789 to 1797      

The capacity of this instance is adjusted as needed.


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

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.




January 2011

Expanded the Remarks section and removed the example.

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