Copies the text that corresponds to a window into a buffer provided by the caller.
The maximum number of characters to be copied, including the terminating null character.
ANSI applications may have the string in the buffer reduced in size (to a minimum of half that of the wParam value) due to conversion from ANSI to Unicode.
A pointer to the buffer that is to receive the text.
The return value is the number of characters copied, not including the terminating null character.
The DefWindowProc function copies the text associated with the window into the specified buffer and returns the number of characters copied. Note, for non-text static controls this gives you the text with which the control was originally created, that is, the ID number. However, it gives you the ID of the non-text static control as originally created. That is, if you subsequently used a STM_SETIMAGE to change it the original ID would still be returned.
For an edit control, the text to be copied is the content of the edit control. For a combo box, the text is the content of the edit control (or static-text) portion of the combo box. For a button, the text is the button name. For other windows, the text is the window title. To copy the text of an item in a list box, an application can use the LB_GETTEXT message.
When the WM_GETTEXT message is sent to a static control with the SS_ICON style, a handle to the icon will be returned in the first four bytes of the buffer pointed to by lParam. This is true only if the WM_SETTEXT message has been used to set the icon.
Sending a WM_GETTEXT message to a non-text static control, such as a static bitmap or static icon control, does not return a string value. Instead, it returns zero. In addition, in early versions of Windows, applications could send a WM_GETTEXT message to a non-text static control to retrieve the control's ID. To retrieve a control's ID, applications can use GetWindowLong passing GWL_ID as the index value or GetWindowLongPtr using GWLP_ID.
Minimum supported client
Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server
Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
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