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The PRINT USING statement is used to PRINT formatted data to the Screen or a file using a STRING template.


PRINT [#,] USING; template$; variable; list; ...etc.

Template is a literal or variable STRING using the following formatting characters:

& prints an entire string value. Length should be limited as template width will vary.
\ denotes the start and end point of a fixed string area with spaces between(LEN = spaces + 2).
! prints only the leading character of a string value.
# denotes a numerical digit. An appropriate number of digits should be used for values received.
^^^^ prints a numerical value in exponential format.
. period denotes a number's decimal point position. Also determines value accuracy.
, a comma placed before the decimal point prints a comma in a numerical value every 3 places.
+ denotes position of the number's sign.
- placed after the number displays the number's sign after the number (negative only).
$$ prints a dollar sign immediately before the highest digit of the numerical value.
** prints an asterisk in any leading spaces of a string value.
**$ combines ** and $.

  • The list of data variables used in the template are separated by semicolons after the template string value.
  • The variables should be listed in the order that they are used in the template from left to right.
  • Normal text is allowed in the template also (see example).
  • NOTE: If the numerical value exceeds the template's digit range a type symbol will appear in the leftmost digit area.


 tmp$ = "Salesperson: & &  #####,.   $$#####,.##"
 PRINT USING tmp$; first$; last$; boxes%; sales!

Screen Results

 Salesperson: Bobby Smith  1,510  $4,530.00

"Salesperson:" text precedes the formatted data. The name lengths will change the length of the string template accordingly so columns will not all line up. If \ \ was used, the columns would stay the same, but parts of some names might be lost. If the box or sales values exceed 3 digits, a comma is used in the value every 3 digits.



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