Returns a string consisting of a certain number of characters from the beginning (left-hand side) of a given string.
LEFT$(string expression, number of characters)
Remarks and Examples
The LEFT$ function takes two parameters: a string to examine (we will call this string X$), and the number of characters to extract from the string X$ (we will call this number n).
LEFT$ returns a string consisting of the leftmost n characters of the string X$, as shown in the following example:
10 A$ = "Baseball" 20 PRINT LEFT$(A$, 4)
If n is greater than the length of the string X$, then the entire string X$ is returned:
PRINT LEFT$("Test", 10)
If n is zero, an empty string is returned:
PRINT "(" & LEFT$("Test", 0) & ")"
A negative value for n will cause an error at runtime.
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