RegisterClass function

Registers a window class for subsequent use in calls to the CreateWindow or CreateWindowEx function.

Note  The RegisterClass function has been superseded by the RegisterClassEx function. You can still use RegisterClass, however, if you do not need to set the class small icon.

Syntax


ATOM WINAPI RegisterClass(
  _In_  const WNDCLASS *lpWndClass
);

Parameters

lpWndClass [in]

Type: const WNDCLASS*

A pointer to a WNDCLASS structure. You must fill the structure with the appropriate class attributes before passing it to the function.

Return value

Type:

Type: ATOM

If the function succeeds, the return value is a class atom that uniquely identifies the class being registered. This atom can only be used by the CreateWindow, CreateWindowEx, GetClassInfo, GetClassInfoEx, FindWindow, FindWindowEx, and UnregisterClass functions and the IActiveIMMap::FilterClientWindows method.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.

Remarks

If you register the window class by using RegisterClassA, the application tells the system that the windows of the created class expect messages with text or character parameters to use the ANSI character set; if you register it by using RegisterClassW, the application requests that the system pass text parameters of messages as Unicode. The IsWindowUnicode function enables applications to query the nature of each window. For more information on ANSI and Unicode functions, see Conventions for Function Prototypes.

All window classes that an application registers are unregistered when it terminates.

No window classes registered by a DLL are unregistered when the DLL is unloaded. A DLL must explicitly unregister its classes when it is unloaded.

Examples

For an example, see Associating a Window Procedure with a Window Class.

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]

Header

Winuser.h (include Windows.h)

Library

User32.lib

DLL

User32.dll

Unicode and ANSI names

RegisterClassW (Unicode) and RegisterClassA (ANSI)

See also

Reference
CreateWindow
CreateWindowEx
FindWindow
FindWindowEx
GetClassInfo
GetClassInfoEx
GetClassName
RegisterClassEx
UnregisterClass
WindowProc
WNDCLASS
Conceptual
Window Classes

 

 

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