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Thread.CurrentCulture Property

Gets or sets the culture for the current thread.

Namespace:  System.Threading
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public CultureInfo CurrentCulture { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Globalization.CultureInfo
An object that represents the culture for the current thread.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

The property is set to null.

The CultureInfo object that is returned by this property, together with its associated objects, determine the default format for dates, times, numbers, currency values, the sorting order of text, casing conventions, and string comparisons. See the CultureInfo class to learn about culture names and identifiers, the differences between invariant, neutral, and specific cultures, and the way culture information affects threads and application domains. See the CultureInfo.CurrentCulture property to learn how a thread's default culture is determined, and how users set culture information for their computers.

Beginning with the .NET Framework 4, you can set the CurrentCulture property to a neutral culture. This is because the behavior of the CultureInfo class has changed: When it represents a neutral culture, its property values (in particular, the Calendar, CompareInfo, DateTimeFormat, NumberFormat, and TextInfo properties) now reflect the specific culture that is associated with the neutral culture. In earlier versions of the .NET Framework, the CurrentCulture property threw a NotSupportedException exception when a neutral culture was assigned.

The following code example shows the threading statement that allows the user interface of a Windows Forms to display in the culture that is set in Control Panel. Additional code is needed.

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Windows.Forms;

class UICulture : Form
{
    public UICulture()
    {
        // Set the user interface to display in the 
        // same culture as that set in Control Panel.
        Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture = 
            Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture;

        // Add additional code.
    }

    static void Main()
    {
        Application.Run(new UICulture());
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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