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Preprocessor Operators

Four preprocessor-specific operators are used in the context of the #define directive (see the following list for a summary of each). The stringizing, charizing, and token-pasting operators are discussed in the next three sections. For information on the defined operator, see The #if, #elif, #else, and #endif Directives.

Operator Action
Stringizing operator (#) Causes the corresponding actual argument to be enclosed in double quotation marks
Charizing operator (#@) Causes the corresponding argument to be enclosed in single quotation marks and to be treated as a character (Microsoft Specific)
Token-pasting operator (##) Allows tokens used as actual arguments to be concatenated to form other tokens
defined operator Simplifies the writing of compound expressions in certain macro directives

See Also

Preprocessor Directives | Predefined Macros | C/C++ Preprocessor Reference