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LastDllError Property (Err Object) 

Returns a system error code produced by a call to a dynamic-link library (DLL). Read-only.

ReadOnly Property LastDllError() As Integer

The LastDllError property applies only to DLL calls made from Visual Basic code. When such a call is made, the called function usually returns a code indicating success or failure, and the LastDllError property is filled. Check the documentation for the DLL's functions to determine the return values that indicate success or failure. Whenever the failure code is returned, the Visual Basic application should immediately check the LastDllError property. No exception is raised when the LastDllError property is set.


The LastDllError property requires unmanaged code permission, which may affect its execution in partial-trust situations. For more information, see SecurityPermission and Code Access Permissions.

The following example shows how you can use the LastDllError property after calling a function in the Windows API. The PrintWindowCoordinates procedure takes a handle to a window and calls the GetWindowRect function. GetWindowRect fills the RECT data structure with the lengths of the sides of the rectangle that make up the window. If you pass an invalid handle, an error occurs, and the error number is available through the LastDllError property.

  Declare Function GetWindowRect Lib "user32" _
  (ByVal hwnd As Integer, ByRef lpRect As RECT) As Integer
  Public Structure RECT
      Public Left As Integer
      Public Top As Integer
      Public Right As Integer
      Public Bottom As Integer
  End Structure
  "Invalid window handle."

Private Sub PrintWindowCoordinates(ByVal hwnd As Integer)
' Prints left, right, top, and bottom positions
' of a window in pixels.

  Dim rectWindow As RECT

  ' Pass in window handle and empty the data structure.
  ' If function returns 0, an error occurred.
  If GetWindowRect(hwnd, rectWindow) = 0 Then
      ' Check LastDllError and display a dialog box if the error
      ' occurred because an invalid handle was passed.
      If Err.LastDllError = ERROR_INVALID_WINDOW_HANDLE Then
          MsgBox(ERROR_INVALID_WINDOW_HANDLE_DESCR, Title:="Error!")
      End If
  End If
End Sub

This property always returns zero.

Namespace: Microsoft.VisualBasic

Module: ErrObject

Assembly: Visual Basic Runtime Library (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)