Thread: Moving the cursor

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    Weak. dra's Avatar
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    Moving the cursor

    I was thinking of making a simple (keyword: simple! lol) tic-tac-toe game, but how do I make the cursor move around the command prompt window using the arrowkeys?

    Suppose i printed something like this to the screen (without numbers):

    7 | 8 | 9

    then i wanted to go back and say print an X in the number 5 cell. how would i do that?

    PS. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum. I couldn't decide if this was more of a C++ question or a game programming one.
    Last edited by dra; 05-01-2005 at 09:34 PM.

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    read the faq for starters, then if that dont solve your problem do a search of the boards.
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    try making that boadrs like
    char[][]={'_', '_', '_', '_', '_', '_', '_',
                   '_', '_', '_', '_', '_', '_'}
    and print it out like that on screen.
    and you can make a switch case or if on which char possision the "X" is going to be. and clrscr() write the variable between each key press. then you can have the X moves. and some other key to mark the char[x][y] permanent.

    if this was what yo ment.

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    If you are doing this in a Windows console, (a "DOS" box), you might want to take a look through my 6 part consoles tutorial starting here.

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    Thanks for the guide adrian. finally found what I was looking for (COORD). I had gotoxy() in mind, but when I tried it, i realized Dev-C++ wasn't going to support it because it's not a standard function.

    COORD does the trick though. just a few more things to type. Thanks for everyone's help.

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    I got COORD to work, and have a simple semi-working code, but I can't get it "move" after the first initial move.

    #include <windows.h>
    #include <iostream>
    #include <conio.h>
      C           = 99,
      W           = 119,
    int ch = getch();
    int i = 1;
    using namespace std;
    int X;
    int Y;
    int moveto( int moveX, int moveY );
    int main()
    while ( i == 1 ){
        switch (ch) {
    case C:
         X = 0, Y = 0;
    case W:
         X = 16, Y = 30;
    int moveto( int moveX, int moveY )
        HANDLE hOut;
        COORD Position;
        hOut = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE);
        Position.X = moveX;
        Position.Y = moveY;  
    PS. I know the indentation is horrible. haha.

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