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Swapping Inner/Outer FOR Statements during run-time Possible?

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In my program i have two "for" statements; one nested within the other. Inside the inner most "for" statment is code that makes use of both incrementing "for" statement values. What i want to be able to do is to make the inner most "for" statement become the outermost and the outermost now becomes the innermost and i want to do it during runtime. I know this is not possible but i was hoping if any of you could come up with any viable solutions that did something similiar to this. Perferably i DO NOT want to duplicate the code and put "if" statements around it (the code that the "for" statements encapsulate is HUGE). Here is an example:

for com_inc = 0 to COMLIMIT
  for tty_inc = 0 to TTYLIMIT
      Debug.print "TTY = " & tty_inc & " COM = " & com_inc
  next tty_inc
next com_inc

Output would look like this:
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TTY = 0 COM = 0
TTY = 1 COM = 0
TTY = 2 COM = 0
TTY = 3 COM = 0
    .
    .
    .

Now the tricky part ... i want to be able to send a signal so the output will now look like this:

TTY = 0 COM = 0
TTY = 0 COM = 1
TTY = 0 COM = 2
TTY = 0 COM = 3
    .
    .
    .

Once again, i know i can just duplicate my original code and encapsulate it all with an "if" statement to choose which ever style i want BUT i would prefer something that took up less space (my code within the "for" statements is BIG) ... something more clever (or even obvious that i may have overlooked).  Thanks very mcuh
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Mirkwood earned 40 total points
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I have not tried it but try the following

 com_inc = 0  
  tty_inc = 0
  do
    Debug.print "TTY = " & tty_inc & " COM = " & com_inc
    if (orderTTYCOM) then
        tty_inc = tty_inc +1
        if (tty_inc > TTYLIMIT) then
           com_inc = com_inc +1
           if (com_inc > comlimit) then exit while
       end if
   else
     com_inc  = com_inc +1
        if (com_inc > COMLIMIT) then
           tty_inc = tty_inc +1
           if (tty_inc > TTYlimit) then exit while
       end if
  end if
while true
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by:aniston
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Thanks very much!!
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