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This function retrieves information about a locale.

If you specify a locale with the LCID (Locale ID) parameter and that locale is not installed or available on the Windows® phone, the function fails with ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER. To determine whether the locale is supported or not, call IsValidLocale.

int GetLocaleInfo(
  LCID Locale, 
  LPTSTR lpLCData, 
  int cchData 


[in] Value that specifies the locale to retrieve information for. This parameter can only be a locale identifier created by the MAKELCID macro, or one of the following predefined values. The following table shows the values this parameter can take.

Value Description


Default system locale.


Default user locale.


Default language-neutral locale.


[in] Value that specifies one of the LCTYPE constants to indicate the type of information to be retrieved.

All LCTYPE values are mutually exclusive, with the exception of LOCALE_NOUSEROVERRIDE. An application may use the binary-OR operator to combine LOCALE_NOUSEROVERRIDE with any other LCTYPE value. If passed such an LCType value, the function bypasses user overrides, and returns the system default value for the requested LCID.


[out] Pointer to a buffer to receive the requested data.


[in] Size, in characters, of the lpLCData buffer. If cchData is zero, the function returns the number of characters required to hold the information, and the buffer pointed to by lpLCData is not used.

The number of bytes or characters written to the destination buffer, or, if the cchData parameter is zero, the number of characters required to hold the locale information indicates success. Zero indicates failure. To get extended error information, call the GetLastError function. The following table shows possible return values for the GetLastError function.

Value Description


The data area passed to a system call is too small.


The flags are invalid.


The parameter is incorrect, or the specified LCID is not supported on the device.

The GetLocaleInfo function always retrieves information in text format. If the information is a numeric value, the function converts the number to text using decimal notation.

For more information about locales, see National Language Support (NLS) Locale Identifiers.

Windows Embedded CEWindows CE .NET 4.0 and later
Windows MobileWindows Mobile Version 5.0 and later

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