A control character that tells a computer or printer to return to the beginning of the current line. A carriage return is similar to the return on a typewriter but does not automatically advance to the beginning of a new line. For example, a carriage-return character alone, received at the end of the words This is a sample line of text would cause the cursor or printer to return to the first letter of the word This. In the ASCII character set, the carriage-return character has the decimal value of 13 (hexadecimal 0D). See the illustration.
(CR) In computing, a special code (ASCII value 13) that moves the screen cursor or a print head to the beginning of the current line. Most word processors and the MS-DOS operating system use a combination of CR and line feed (LF—ASCII value 10) to represent a hard return. The Unix system, however, uses only LF and therefore files transferred between MS-DOS and Unix require a conversion program.
(Typing) The operation that prepares for the next character to be printed or displayed as the first character on a line.