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    Cursor placement on the screen

    Hello,

    I have successfully completed my hello world program and am using Microsoft Visual Studio on Windows 10 as my development environment for C++. I would like to know how to position the cursor on the screen.

    I have purchased "Learn C++ quickly" and "The Annotated C++ Reference Manual" but neither seem to have this information.

    Thank you very much!

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    https://faq.cprogramming.com/cgi-bin...&id=1043284392

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    Thanks for replying... my end goal is to write a console application that updates a screen with output going to specific places, for example, the current time would be written to the same place on the console. I am wanting to locate the cursor on the screen to specific areas. Was looking for the C++ equivalent to BASIC's "locate" command.

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    There was once a Unix library called "curses". It is long since dead, but in the spirit of open source there are a bunch of clones of that library in various languages for various target architectures.

    I believe the PDCurses library (PDCurses) works on Windows.

    The great benefit of using something like this is that it's fairly standard and transferrable. You may find yourself on a different OS, using a different programming language, and still be able to write text positioning code because the idea of curses has carried over. ;-)

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