IOleItemContainer interface

Used by item monikers when they are bound to the objects they identify.

When any container of objects uses item monikers to identify its objects, it must define a naming scheme for those objects. The container's IOleItemContainer implementation uses knowledge of that naming scheme to retrieve an object given a particular name. Item monikers use the container's IOleItemContainer implementation during binding.

This interface is not supported for use across machine boundaries.

When to implement

A moniker provider handing out item monikers must implement IOleItemContainer. Being a moniker provider means handing out monikers that identify your objects to make them accessible to moniker clients. You must use item monikers if the objects identified are contained within another object and can be individually identified using a string.

The most common example of moniker providers are OLE applications that support linking. If your OLE application supports linking to objects smaller than a file-based document, you need to use item monikers. For a server application that allows linking to a portion of a document (such as selections within a document), you use the item monikers to identify those objects. For a container application that allows linking to embedded objects, you use the item monikers to identify the embedded objects.

You must define a naming scheme for identifying the objects within the container; for example, embedded objects in a document could be identified with names of the form "embedobj1," "embedobj2," and so forth, while ranges of cells in a spreadsheet could be identified with names of the form "A1:E7," "G5:M9," and so forth. (Ranges of cells in a spreadsheet are examples of "pseudo-objects" because they do not have their own persistent storage, but simply represent a portion of the container's internal state.) You create an item moniker that represents an object's name using the CreateItemMoniker function and hand it out to a moniker client. When an item moniker is bound, your implementation of IOleItemContainer must be able to take a name and retrieve the corresponding object.

When to use

Applications typically do not call IOleItemContainer methods directly. The item moniker implementation of IMoniker is the primary caller of IOleItemContainer methods.


The IOleItemContainer interface inherits from IOleContainer. IOleItemContainer also has these types of members:


The IOleItemContainer interface has these methods.


Retrieves a pointer to the specified object.


Retrieves a pointer to the storage for the specified object.


Determines whether the specified object is running.



Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]






IID_IOleItemContainer is defined as 0000011c-0000-0000-C000-000000000046

See also