Windows CE 3.0

This function places a message in the message queue associated with the thread that created the specified window and then returns without waiting for the thread to process the message. Messages in a message queue are retrieved by calls to the GetMessage or PeekMessage function.

BOOL PostMessage(
HWND hWnd, 
UINT Msg, 
WPARAM wParam, 
LPARAM lParam ); 


[in] Handle to the window whose window procedure is to receive the message. Two values have special meanings:
Value Description
HWND_BROADCAST The message is posted to all top-level windows in the system, including disabled or invisible unowned windows, overlapped windows, and pop-up windows. The message is not posted to child windows.
NULL The function behaves like a call to PostThreadMessage with the dwThreadId parameter set to the identifier of the current thread.
[in] Specifies the message to be posted.
[in] Specifies additional message-specific information.
[in] Specifies additional message-specific information.

Return Values

Nonzero indicates success. Zero indicates failure. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


Applications that need to communicate using HWND_BROADCAST should use the RegisterWindowMessage function to obtain a unique message for inter-application communication.

If you send a message in the range below WM_USER to the asynchronous message functions (PostMessage and SendNotifyMessage), its message parameters cannot include pointers. Otherwise, the operation will fail. The functions will return before the receiving thread has had a chance to process the message and the sender will free the memory before it is used.


Runs on Versions Defined in Include Link to
Windows CE OS 1.0 and later Winuser.h   Msgque.lib
Note   This API is part of the complete Windows CE OS package as provided by Microsoft. The functionality of a particular platform is determined by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and some devices may not support this API.

See Also

GetMessage, PeekMessage, PostThreadMessage, RegisterWindowMessage, SendDlgItemMessage, SendMessage

 Last updated on Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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