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The SetConsoleCursorPosition function sets the cursor position in the specified console screen buffer.

BOOL SetConsoleCursorPosition(

    HANDLE hConsoleOutput,

// handle of console screen buffer

    COORD dwCursorPosition 

// new cursor position coordinates



Identifies a console screen buffer. The handle must have GENERIC_WRITE access.
Specifies a COORD structure containing the new cursor position. The coordinates are the column and row of a screen buffer character cell. The coordinates must be within the boundaries of the screen buffer.

Return Values

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


The cursor position determines where characters written by the WriteFile or WriteConsole function, or echoed by the ReadFile or ReadConsole function, are displayed. To determine the current position of the cursor, use the GetConsoleScreenBufferInfo function.

If the new cursor position is not within the boundaries of the screen buffer’s window, the window origin changes to make the cursor visible.

See Also

GetConsoleCursorInfo, GetConsoleScreenBufferInfo, ReadConsole, ReadFile, SetConsoleCursorInfo, WriteConsole, WriteFile 

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