by Dinesh Thakur Category: Basic Of C Programming

Escape sequences are basically control characters used for formatting the output. These are combinations of a backslash and a character in lowercase. We have already used "\n", which shifts the curser to the next line. Table lists the escape sequences defined in C language.

  Escape Sequences in C

Illustrates application of some escape characters.

#include <stdio.h>

int main ()
   printf("\a Hello!\nHow are you?\n");
   printf("I am learning C.\n");
   printf ("\tAm I physically fit?");
   printf ("\nAm\tI physically" " fit?\n");
   return 0;

The output of this program is as given below. Because of code "\a" you will hear a beep sound. Compare the spaces specified in the code with those obtained in the output.

Escape Sequences

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