C Language Escape Sequences - dummies

By Dan Gookin

When you’re programming in the C language, sometimes you need to refer to a key press that doesn’t result in a specific character. Other times, you need to refer to a specific character literally that normally has a different meaning in C. In either case, you need an escape sequence. The following table lists the escape sequences you need to program in the C language.

Escape sequences always begin with a backslash.

Escape Sequence Character
a Bell (speaker beeps)
b Backspace (non-erase)
f Form feed/clear screen
n New line
r Carriage Return
t Tab
v Vertical tab
\ Backslash
? Question mark
Single quote