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Strings.Left Method

Returns a string containing a specified number of characters from the left side of a string.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

public static string Left(
	string str,
	int Length
)

Parameters

str
Type: System.String
Required. String expression from which the leftmost characters are returned.
Length
Type: System.Int32
Required. Integer expression. Numeric expression indicating how many characters to return. If 0, a zero-length string ("") is returned. If greater than or equal to the number of characters in str, the entire string is returned.

Return Value

Type: System.String
Returns a string containing a specified number of characters from the left side of a string.

To determine the number of characters in str, use the Len function. If used in a Windows Forms application, or any other class that has a Left property, you must fully qualify the function with Microsoft.VisualBasic.Strings.

This example demonstrates the use of the Left function to return a substring of a given String. In a class that has a Left property, it may be necessary to fully qualify the Left function.


Dim TestString As String = "Hello World!"
' Returns "Hello".
Dim subString As String = Microsoft.VisualBasic.Left(TestString, 5)


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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