TimeString Property

Returns or sets a String value that represents the current time of day according to your system.

Public Property TimeString As String


Exception type

Error number




Invalid format used to set value of TimeString.

See the "Error number" column if you are upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 applications that use unstructured error handling. (You can compare the error number against the Number Property (Err Object).) However, when possible, you should consider replacing such error control with Structured Exception Handling Overview for Visual Basic.


TimeString always returns the system time as "HH:mm:ss", which is a 24-hourformat. This format is culture-invariant, which means it does not change even if you change the Regional Options in Control Panel.

To get or set the current system date as a String, use the DateString Property.

To get the current system date or time in the format of your locale, or in a custom format, supply the Now Property to the Format Function, specifying either Predefined Date/Time Formats (Format Function) or User-Defined Date/Time Formats (Format Function). The following example demonstrates this.

MsgBox("The formatted time is " & Format(Now, "hh.mm.ss.fff tt"))

To access the current system time as a Date, use the TimeOfDay Property.

Security noteSecurity Note:

Setting the system date or time requires unmanaged code permission, which might affect its execution in partial trust situations. For more information, see SecurityPermission and Code Access Permissions.


This example uses the TimeString property to display the current system time.

MsgBox("The current time is " & TimeString)


Namespace: Microsoft.VisualBasic

Module: DateAndTime

Assembly: Visual Basic Runtime Library (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

Because TimeString is a member of a module, rather than of a class, you do not have to create an object on which to access TimeString.

Smart Device Developer Notes

You can get, but not set, the system time using the TimeString property.

See Also


Now Property

DateString Property

TimeOfDay Property

Date Data Type (Visual Basic)