The _SHL function is used to shift the bits of a numerical value to the left.

## Syntax

result = _SHL(numericalVariable, numericalValue)

## Parameter(s)

- numericalVariable is the variable to shift the bits of and can be of the following types: INTEGER, LONG,_INTEGER64, or _BYTE.
- Integer values can be signed or _UNSIGNED.
- numericalValue is the number of places to shift the bits.
- While 0 is a valid value it will have no affect on the variable being shifted.

## Description

- Allows for multiplication of a value by 2 faster than normal multiplication (see example 2 below).
- Bits that reach the end of a variable’s bit count are dropped (when using a variable of the same type - otherwise they will carry over).
- The type of variable used to store the results should match the type of the variable being shifted.

## Availability

- Version 1.3 and up.

## Example(s)

```
A~%% = 1 'set right most bit of an_UNSIGNED _BYTE
PRINT A~%%
PRINT _SHL(A~%%,7)
B~%% = _SHL(A~%%,8) 'shift the bit off the left 'edge'
PRINT B~%%
```

```
1
128
0
```

```
A~%% = 1
FOR I%% = 0 TO 8
PRINT _SHL(A~%%, I%%)
NEXT I%%
```

```
1
2
4
8
16
32
64
128
256
```

- Note: When directly PRINTing to screen, the result is calculated internally using a larger variable type so the left most bit is carried to the next value.
- To avoid this store the result in a variable of the same type before printing.