Carriage Return

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carriage return

[′kar·ij ri′tərn]
(computer science)
The operation that causes the next character to be printed at the extreme left margin, and usually advances to the next line at the same time.
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Carriage Return

(CR, Control-M, ASCII 13) The character which causes the cursor to move to the left margin, often used with line feed to start a new line of output.

Encoded in C and Unix as "\r".
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(1) See cognitive radio and conversion rate.

(2) (Carriage Return) The character code generated when the Enter key is pressed. In ASCII and EBCDIC systems, the code is a decimal 13 or hex 0D. See line break.


(Carriage Return/Line Feed) Two characters that indicate the end-of-line (end-of-paragraph) in Windows and DOS. See line break.

Enter key

Also called the "Return key," it is the keyboard key that is pressed to signal the computer to input the line of data or the command that has just been typed.

It Was the Return Key
The Enter key was originally the "Return key" on a typewriter, which caused the carriage to return to the beginning of the next line on the paper. In a word processing or text editing application, pressing Enter ends a paragraph. A character code for return/end-of-line, which is different in Windows than it is in the Mac, Linux or Unix, is inserted into the text at that point. See CR/LF.

Enter Key Placement
The correct placement of the Enter key next to the quote key is of considerable importance to the touch typist.
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When the results haven't changed from one day to the next but we want to indicate that the report is now complete, we press carriage return past the results and add an F at the status prompt.
"SYNTAX ERROR" messages may appear during execution, most likely because a line was not numbered or a carriage return was omitted.
Eyewitnesses reported that the rollercoaster stopped around 100 feet from the ground, leaving riders suspended for about 20 minutes before the carriage returned to the platform at approximately 6pm on Tuesday.