# \ Operator (Visual Basic)

Divides two numbers and returns an integer result.

## Syntax

```
expression1 \ expression2
```

## Parts

`expression1`

Required. Any numeric expression.

`expression2`

Required. Any numeric expression.

## Supported Types

All numeric types, including the unsigned and floating-point types and `Decimal`

.

## Result

The result is the integer quotient of `expression1`

divided by `expression2`

, which discards any remainder and retains only the integer portion. This is known as *truncation*.

The result data type is a numeric type appropriate for the data types of `expression1`

and `expression2`

. See the "Integer Arithmetic" tables in Data Types of Operator Results.

The / Operator (Visual Basic) returns the full quotient, which retains the remainder in the fractional portion.

## Remarks

Before performing the division, Visual Basic attempts to convert any floating-point numeric expression to `Long`

. If `Option Strict`

is `On`

, a compiler error occurs. If `Option Strict`

is `Off`

, an OverflowException is possible if the value is outside the range of the Long Data Type. The conversion to `Long`

is also subject to *banker's rounding*. For more information, see "Fractional Parts" in Type Conversion Functions.

If `expression1`

or `expression2`

evaluates to Nothing, it is treated as zero.

## Attempted Division by Zero

If `expression2`

evaluates to zero, the `\`

operator throws a DivideByZeroException exception. This is true for all numeric data types of the operands.

Note

The `\`

operator can be *overloaded*, which means that a class or structure can redefine its behavior when an operand has the type of that class or structure. If your code uses this operator on such a class or structure, be sure you understand its redefined behavior. For more information, see Operator Procedures.

## Example

The following example uses the `\`

operator to perform integer division. The result is an integer that represents the integer quotient of the two operands, with the remainder discarded.

```
Dim resultValue As Integer
resultValue = 11 \ 4
resultValue = 9 \ 3
resultValue = 100 \ 3
resultValue = 67 \ -3
```

The expressions in the preceding example return values of 2, 3, 33, and -22, respectively.