Short Data Type (Visual Basic)

Holds signed 16-bit (2-byte) integers that range in value from -32,768 through 32,767.


Use the Short data type to contain integer values that do not require the full data width of Integer. In some cases, the common language runtime can pack your Short variables closely together and save memory consumption.

The default value of Short is 0.

Programming Tips

  • Widening. The Short data type widens to Integer, Long, Decimal, Single, or Double. This means you can convert Short to any one of these types without encountering a OverflowException error.

  • Type Characters. Appending the literal type character S to a literal forces it to the Short data type. Short has no identifier type character.

  • Framework Type. The corresponding type in the .NET Framework is the Int16 structure.

See Also


Data Type Summary (Visual Basic)


Type Conversion Functions (Visual Basic)

Conversion Summary (Visual Basic)

Integer Data Type (Visual Basic)

Long Data Type (Visual Basic)


Efficient Use of Data Types (Visual Basic)