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    The toString() method returns a string representing the specified Date object.






    The Date object overrides the toString() method of the Object object; it does not inherit Object.prototype.toString(). For Date objects, the toString() method returns a string representation of the object.

    The toString() method always returns a string representation of the date in American English.

    JavaScript calls the toString() method automatically when a date is to be represented as a text value or when a date is referred to in a string concatenation.


    Example: Using toString()

    The following assigns the toString() value of a Date object to myVar:

    var x = new Date();
    myVar = x.toString(); // assigns a value to myVar similar to:
    // Mon Sep 28 1998 14:36:22 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)


    Specification Status Comment
    ECMAScript 1st Edition. Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.0.
    ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
    The definition of 'Date.prototype.toLocaleTimeString' in that specification.
    ECMAScript 6 (ECMA-262)
    The definition of 'Date.prototype.toString' in that specification.
    Release Candidate  

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
    Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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