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How do you move the virtual cursor? For instance, say I had this line: cout<<"__________"; And then... cin>>x; But I want to have the cin OVERWRITE the cout... as in backing up the virtual cursor ten spaces so that whatever is typed will replace the characters below it...

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You can''t do it with cout. You need platform-specific console I/O. Under Win32, you''ll need to look into GetStdHandle(), SetConsoleCursorPosition(), ConsoleWriteOutput(), ConsoleWriteChar() and so on.

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Thanks to Kylotan for the idea!

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try this:


#include <windows.h>
#include <iostream>
usuing namespace std;

int main()

COORD cursor = {0,0};

cout << "________";
SetConsoleCursorPosition(H_OUTPUT, cursor);
cin >> x;

return 0;


Try that I didn't test it but I think it will work.

COORD cursor is the place where you want it to go. Play around with the values and see what happens.

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Edited by - Jeff D on February 17, 2002 2:36:56 AM

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