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

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

  • Template is a literal or variable STRING using the following format 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 number digit. An appropriate number of digits should be used for values received.
^^^^ prints a number 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 number value.
** prints an aterisk 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).


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

Screen results: Salesperson: Bobby Smith 1,510 $4,530.00

Explanation: "Salesperson:" text preceeds 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.

See also: PRINT, PRINT USING (file statement)


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