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Restricting Digits

varun071898 asked
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Last Modified: 2010-04-02
How do I restrict output digits? For Example if
h is a float having value = 2.546709 and I want to output
it using cprintf, like cprintf (" blah %f", h); such that
only two digits show up on the screen.
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cout.precision(3) ;

You can also use a stream manipulator like

cout << setprecision(3)  << somefloatingpointnumber << setprecision(6);

Note that there are two interpretations to this precision.  If the stream is in fixed or scientific format the precison is the number of decimal digits to be displayed.  If the stream is in the automatic format, the precision is the total number of digits to be displayed.  it sounds like you want the fixed or scientific format, but I can't be sure.


I am using a very old version of C++. What I want is a operator like cprintf ("blah %f", h) I have used it before and have forgotten, it was something like cprintf ("blah %f2", h) something like that. I want that answer.

ps. Precision is not available.

precision is for the stream output.  And you clearly stated you wanted printf() output.  Well you get what you pay for.  Bad answers at a good price.

I have to look up the printf() stuff.  It has been a while.  

to show h with 10 digits (leading spaces) and 2 decimals use
    cprintf("blah %10.2f", h)
numbers not fitting in the format (eg. "%2f",100 -> 100) will be printed normal.

From VC's help I found
Format Specification Fields: printf and wprintf Functions

A format specification, which consists of optional and required fields, has the following form:

%[flags] [width] [.precision] [{h | l | I64 | L}]type

Each field of the format specification is a single character or a number signifying a particular format option. The simplest format specification contains only the percent sign and a type character (for example, %s). If a percent sign is followed by a character that has no meaning as a format field, the character is copied to stdout. For example, to print a percent-sign character, use %%.

The optional fields, which appear before the type character, control other aspects of the formatting, as follows:

type Required character that determines whether the associated argument is interpreted as a character, a string, or a number (see Table R.3).

flags Optional character or characters that control justification of output and printing of signs, blanks, decimal points, and octal and hexadecimal prefixes (see Table R.4). More than one flag can appear in a format specification.

width Optional number that specifies the minimum number of characters output. (See printf Width Specification.)

precision Optional number that specifies the maximum number of characters printed for all or part of the output field, or the minimum number of digits printed for integer values (see Table R.5).

h | l | I64 | L Optional prefixes to type-that specify the size of argument (see Table R.6).
Table R.5 How Precision Values Affect Type




c, C

The precision has no effect.

Character is printed.

d, i, u, o, x, X

The precision specifies the minimum number of digits to be printed. If the number of digits in the argument is less than precision, the output value is padded on the left with zeros. The value is not truncated when the number of digits exceeds precision.

Default precision is 1.

e, E

The precision specifies the number of digits to be printed after the decimal point. The last printed digit is rounded.

Default precision is 6; if precision is 0 or the period (.) appears without a number following it, no decimal point is printed.


The precision value specifies the number of digits after the decimal point. If a decimal point appears, at least one digit appears before it. The value is rounded to the appropriate number of digits.

Default precision is 6; if precision is 0, or if the period (.) appears without a number following it, no decimal point is printed.

g, G

The precision specifies the maximum number of significant digits printed.

Six significant digits are printed, with any trailing zeros truncated.

s, S

The precision specifies the maximum number of characters to be printed. Characters in excess of precision are not printed.

Characters are printed until a null character is encountered.

Thus you should need

cprintf (" blah %0.2f", h)

to get 2 decimals

Now who sounds like a textbook?

hey, at least I provide a reference.  you just paste it without a word.  That's plagurism (or something like that, but spelled differently.)

>> That's plagurism
The plagiarism of a guru?

Great, my English is being corrected by someone who speaks it as a third language.

et list yor ansers ar korekt ;-)


Hi Nietod,
I will be increasing the points to 50 and give you A: Excellent!
but please answer one more question. How do I want to have a floating point number to be changed into a character type. For ex:
float h=2.2556632
then char ch = 2.25. How do I do this. You can tell me how to do this or give the code. I want this urgently. Thanks

I think what you mean is you want to convert the floating point number to a character string that expresses the floating point number, like convert 2.25 to the 4 character string (plus NULL terminator) "2.25"  Is that right?  If so, you can use the sprintf() function.  There is a lot of things that can be done with the sprintf() function.  (More than I can explain here, so you need to look it up.)  But for your purposes you would do

char NumStr[5];
float h = 2.2556632;


read about sprintf() (and printf()) and let me know if you have questions.


Thanks nietod. As promised I have increased the points to 50 and given you A:Excellent
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