The _CONSOLE statement can be used to turn a console window ON/OFF.
- _CONSOLE OFF or ON must be used after the $CONSOLE Metacommand has established that a console window is desired.
- _CONSOLE OFF turns the console window off once a console has been established using $CONSOLE:ON or ONLY.
- _CONSOLE ON should only be used after the console window has been turned OFF previously.
- _DEST _CONSOLE can be used to send screen output to the console window using QB64 commands such as PRINT.
- _SCREENHIDE or _SCREENSHOW can be used to hide or display the main program window.
- The $SCREENHIDE Metacommand can hide the main program window throughout a program when only the console is used.
- Note: Text can be copied partially or totally from console screens in Windows by highlighting and using the title bar menu.
- To copy console text output, right click the title bar and select Edit for Mark to highlight and repeat to Copy.
Example 1: Hiding and displaying a console window. Use _DELAY to place console in front of main program window.
$CONSOLE _CONSOLE OFF 'close original console _DELAY 2 _CONSOLE ON 'place console above program window _DEST _CONSOLE INPUT "Enter your name: ", nme$ 'get program input _CONSOLE OFF 'close console _DEST 0 'destination program window PRINT nme$ END
- Explanation: The destination must be changed with _DEST _CONSOLE to get INPUT from the $CONSOLE screen.
Example 2: _CONSOLETITLE can be used to create a console title, but it must be redone every time the console window is restored once turned off:
- Note: Some versions of Windows may display the program path or Administrator: prefix in console title bars.