*= Operator (Visual Basic)

Multiplies the value of a variable or property by the value of an expression and assigns the result to the variable or property.

variableorproperty *= expression


  • variableorproperty
    Required. Any numeric variable or property.

  • expression
    Required. Any numeric expression.


The element on the left side of the *= operator can be a simple scalar variable, a property, or an element of an array. The variable or property cannot be ReadOnly (Visual Basic).

The *= operator first multiplies the value of the expression (on the right-hand side of the operator) by the value of the variable or property (on the left-hand side of the operator). The operator then assigns the result of that operation to the variable or property.


The * Operator (Visual Basic) 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. Overloading the * operator affects the behavior of the *= operator. If your code uses *= on a class or structure that overloads *, be sure you understand its redefined behavior. For more information, see Operator Procedures (Visual Basic).


The following example uses the *= operator to multiply one Integer variable by a second and assign the result to the first variable.

Dim var1 As Integer = 10
Dim var2 As Integer = 3
var1 *= var2
' The value of var1 is now 30.

See Also


* Operator (Visual Basic)

Assignment Operators (Visual Basic)

Arithmetic Operators (Visual Basic)

Operator Precedence in Visual Basic

Operators Listed by Functionality (Visual Basic)

Other Resources

Statements in Visual Basic