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This function reads an image file, decompresses it, and returns a handle to a bitmap in memory.


HBITMAP SHLoadImageFile (
  LPCTSTR pszFileName


  • pszFileName
    [in] The name of the image file to be loaded.

Return Values

A handle to a bitmap if successful, NULL otherwise.


This function converts files of several types, including GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), PNG (Portable Network Graphics), JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group), ICO (icon), and BMP (bitmap) file formats. Other image file types may be supported if the correct decoder is installed.


Pocket PC: Windows Mobile 2003 and later.
OS Versions: Windows CE .NET 4.0 and later.
Header: Declared in Aygshell.h.
Library: Use Aygshell.lib.

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