Stripping first few characters from string using awk

Im parsing a text file and pulling out a number of fields which I am printing.
All is well!

I now want to strip the first 7 characters from the first field before I print it.

How can I do that please?
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use  substr($1,8)
where the format is 'substr(string,start, [length]
[length] can be omitted, it then defaults to the length of the remaining string.

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... typo!
Format is 'substr(string,start, [length])
e.g. awk '{print substr($1,8)}' [inputfile]
stummjAuthor Commented:
Your first offering worked just fine thank you!
Do you happen to have a link to an awk langauge reference? I could have looked substr up myself, but I didnt realise awk supported functions like that
Glad I could help!
Well, the first source of information is 'man awk'. There is already a lot of useful stuff in it.
Next, two nice tutorials: 
- even Oracle has one: 
- and there is the GNU awk Users Guide:
Google for more!
stummjAuthor Commented:
I very much appreciate all your help.
Many thanks
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