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How to display month dd, yyyy time in c#

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I am trying to display time in The format 'Month dd yyyy' but for some reason I am unable to.  It would have to follow Convert.ToDateTime.  How do I get it in the format I want of 'Month dd yyyy'?
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String s = DateTime.Now.ToString("MMMM dd yyyy");

s is "February 23 2015"
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by:Chris Stanyon
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Have a look at this:

DateTime yourDate = Convert.ToDateTime(yourDateString);
console.writeline( yourDate.ToString("MMMM dd yyyy") );

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by:it_saige
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@Chris - A better solution is to ensure that the string is a date time by using TryParse:
using System;

namespace EE_Q28622397
{
	class Program
	{
		static void Main(string[] args)
		{
			string yourDateString = "12/20/2003";
			DateTime yourDate = DateTime.MinValue;
			if (DateTime.TryParse(yourDateString, out yourDate))
				Console.WriteLine(yourDate.ToString("MMMM dd, yyyy"));
			else
				Console.WriteLine("The string entered does not represent a valid date.");
			Console.ReadLine();
		}
	}
}

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Which produces the following output -Capture.JPG-saige-
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by:Gustav Brock
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You can use Parse:

String textDate = "12 Oct 2015";
String formattedDate = DateTime.Parse(textDate).ToString("MMMMM dd, yyyy");
Console.WriteLine (formattedDate);

October 12, 2015

/gustav
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by:VBBRett
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Thank you!  Will these solutions also include the time?
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by:Chris Stanyon
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No - you asked for it to be displayed as Month Day Year, which is what we've offered. If you want the time, you'd need to include that in the format string:

// for 24 hour time
yourDate.ToString("MMMM dd yyyy HH:mm");

// for 12 hour time with (am/pm)
yourDate.ToString("MMMM dd yyyy hh:mm tt");
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by:AndyAinscow
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To repeat my very first comment:
String s = DateTime.Now.ToString("MMMM dd yyyy");

s is "February 23 2015"

So no, the time will not appear.

If you want the time then you need to specify that as well.  eg.
String s = DateTime.Now.ToString("MMMM dd yyyy  hh.mm.ss");
s is now February 24 2015  14.11.13

ps.  Look up the ToString function in the help file for all of the possible flags you can use to control the output of the date time.
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by:Gustav Brock
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Yes and no. There is no time from, say, "12 Oct 2015" but if you apply a time format, it will show 00:00 or similar.

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by:VBBRett
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I will give all of these suggestions a try and I will check back soon.  Thank you everyone.
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#a40625547 does what was asked for in formatting a time to display Month dd yyyy
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