Assembly: Microsoft.VisualBasic (in microsoft.visualbasic.dll)
Required. String expression from which the leftmost characters are returned.
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 ValueReturns a string containing a specified number of characters from the left side of a string.
For more detailed information, see the Visual Basic topic Left Function (Visual Basic).
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.Left.
The LeftB function in previous versions of Visual Basic returns a string in bytes rather than characters. It is used primarily for converting strings in double-byte character set (DBCS) applications. All current Visual Basic strings are in Unicode, and LeftB is no longer supported.
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.
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