OleLoadPictureEx function

Creates a new picture object and initializes it from the contents of a stream. This is equivalent to calling OleCreatePictureIndirect with NULL as the first parameter, followed by a call to IPersistStream::Load.


HRESULT OleLoadPictureEx(
  _In_  LPSTREAM lpstream,
  _In_  LONG     lSize,
  _In_  BOOL     fRunmode,
  _In_  REFIID   riid,
  _In_  DWORD    xSizeDesired,
  _In_  DWORD    ySizeDesired,
  _In_  DWORD    dwFlags,
  _Out_ LPVOID   *lplpvObj


lpstream [in]

Pointer to the stream that contains the picture's data.

lSize [in]

The number of bytes that should be read from the stream, or zero if the entire stream should be read.

fRunmode [in]

The opposite of the initial value of the KeepOriginalFormat property. If TRUE, KeepOriginalFormat is set to FALSE and vice versa.

riid [in]

Reference to the identifier of the interface describing the type of interface pointer to return in ppvObj.

xSizeDesired [in]

Desired width of icon or cursor. Valid values are 16, 32, and 48. Pass LP_DEFAULT to both size parameters to use system default size.

ySizeDesired [in]

Desired height of icon or cursor. Valid values are 16, 32, and 48. Pass LP_DEFAULT to both size parameters to use system default size.

dwFlags [in]

Desired color depth for icon or cursor. Values are LP_MONOCHROME (monochrome), LP_VGACOLOR (16 colors), LP_COLOR (256 colors), or LP_DEFAULT (selects best depth for current display).

lplpvObj [out]

Address of pointer variable that receives the interface pointer requested in riid. Upon successful return, *ppvObj contains the requested interface pointer on the storage of the object identified by the moniker. If *ppvObj is non-NULL, this function calls IUnknown::AddRef on the interface; it is the caller's responsibility to call IUnknown::Release. If an error occurs, *ppvObj is set to NULL.

Return value

This function returns S_OK on success. Other possible values include the following.

Return codeDescription

The object does not support the interface specified in riid.


The address in pPictDesc or ppvObj is not valid. For example, it may be NULL.



The stream must be in BMP (bitmap), WMF (metafile), or ICO (icon) format. A picture object created using OleLoadPictureEx always has ownership of its internal resources (fOwn==TRUE is implied).

In addition to allowing specification of icon or cursor size, OleLoadPictureEx supports loading of color cursors.


Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]







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