Opens the console directly for input and output as a file

Open Scrn [for mode] as [#]filenumber as long

Open Scrn [for mode] as [#]filenumber
result = Open Scrn( [for mode[,]] as [#]filenumber )

Either Input or Output. If omitted, Output is assumed.
An unused file number.

Return Value:
A 32 bit Long: a zero (0) is returned if Open Scrn() completed successfully, otherwise a non-zero value is returned to indicate failure.

This command opens the console for both input and output as a file, allowing to read/write from/to it with normal file commands.

This command may use direct access to the console for speed in some implementations, so it should not be used when the input / output is required to be redirected or piped with OS commands.

The normal console commands, such as Color and Locate, do not work in this mode, because they do not accept a file number.

The [For Input|Output] clause is allowed for compatibility, but is ignored.

filenumber is an unused file number.

An unused file number can be found using FreeFile.

The error code returned by Open Scrn can be checked using Err in the next line. The function version of Open Scrn returns directly the error code as a 32 bit Long.

Runtime errors:
Open Scrn throws one of the following runtime errors:

(1) Illegal function call
  • filenumber was not free at the time. use Freefile to ensure that filenumber is free.

Dim a As String
Open Scrn For Input  As #1
Print #1,"Please write something and press ENTER"
Line Input #1,a
Print #1, "You wrote";a

Differences from QB:
See also:
Back to File I/O Functions
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