# Int16.MinValue Field

## Definition

Represents the smallest possible value of Int16. This field is constant.

``public: short MinValue = -32768;``
``public const short MinValue = -32768;``
``val mutable MinValue : int16``
``Public Const MinValue As Short  = -32768``

Int16

## Examples

The following example uses the MinValue property to prevent an OverflowException when converting to an Int16 value.

``````array<Int64>^ numbersToConvert = {162345, 32183, -54000};
Int16 newNumber;
for each (Int64 number in numbersToConvert)
{
if (number >= Int16::MinValue && number <= Int16::MaxValue)
{
newNumber = Convert::ToInt16(number);
Console::WriteLine("Successfully converted {0} to an Int16.",
newNumber);
}
else
{
Console::WriteLine("Unable to convert {0} to an Int16.", number);
}
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       Unable to convert 162345 to an Int16.
//       Successfully converted 32183 to an Int16.
//       Unable to convert -54000 to an Int16.
``````
``````long[] numbersToConvert = {162345, 32183, -54000};
short newNumber;
foreach (long number in numbersToConvert)
{
if (number >= Int16.MinValue && number <= Int16.MaxValue)
{
newNumber = Convert.ToInt16(number);
Console.WriteLine(\$"Successfully converted {newNumber} to an Int16.");
}
else
{
Console.WriteLine(\$"Unable to convert {number} to an Int16.");
}
}
// The example displays the following output to the console:
//       Unable to convert 162345 to an Int16.
//       Successfully converted 32183 to an Int16.
//       Unable to convert -54000 to an Int16.
``````
``````open System

let numbersToConvert = [ 162345L; 32183L; -54000L ]

for number in numbersToConvert do
if number >= int64 Int16.MinValue && number <= int64 Int16.MaxValue then
let newNumber = Convert.ToInt16 number
printfn \$"Successfully converted {newNumber} to an Int16."
else
printfn \$"Unable to convert {number} to an Int16."

// The example displays the following output to the console:
//       Unable to convert 162345 to an Int16.
//       Successfully converted 32183 to an Int16.
//       Unable to convert -54000 to an Int16.
``````
``````Dim numbersToConvert() As Long = {162345, 32183, -54000}
Dim newNumber As Int16
For Each number As Long In NumbersToConvert
If number >= Int16.MinValue And number <= Int16.MaxValue Then
newNumber = Convert.ToInt16(number)
Console.WriteLine("Successfully converted {0} to an Int16.", _
newNumber)
Else
Console.WriteLine("Unable to convert {0} to an Int16.", number)
End If
Next
' The example displays the following output to the console:
'       Unable to convert 162345 to an Int16.
'       Successfully converted 32183 to an Int16.
'       Unable to convert -54000 to an Int16.
``````

## Remarks

The value of this constant is -32768; that is, hexadecimal 0x8000.

The MinValue property is typically used to prevent an OverflowException when converting from a numeric type with a greater lower range (such as an Int32 or an Int64) to an Int16. The example illustrates this usage.