- Space characters are printed until the print cursor reaches the designated column%, overwriting existing characters.
- If a subsequent TAB column% is less than the current position, TAB moves the next print to that column on the next row.
- ASCII CHR$(9) can be substituted for sequencial 9 space column moves.
- Comma PRINT spacing is up to 15 column places (IE: TAB(15)) to a maximum column of 57.
- When printing to a file, a carriage return(CHR$(13)) and linefeed(CHR$(10)) character are output when it moves to the next row.
- Note: QBasic did not allow a TAB to be added to a string value. In PRINT statements the plus would be changed to a semicolon.
- In QB64, TAB concatenation is allowed instead of semicolons. Example: PRINT "text" + TAB(9) + "here"
Example: Comparing TAB to comma print spacing which moves the next text print 15 columns.
PRINT TAB(15); "T" 'TAB spacing PRINT , "T" 'comma spacing PRINT TAB(15); "T"; TAB(20); "A"; TAB(15); "B" 'semicolons add nothing to position PRINT TAB(15); "T", TAB(20); "A"; TAB(15); "B" 'comma moves column position beyond 20
T T T A B T A B
- Explanation: TAB moves the PRINT down to the next row when the current column position is more than the TAB position.