OleRegGetUserType function (ole2.h)

Gets the user type of the specified class from the registry.

Developers of custom DLL object applications use this function to emulate the behavior of the OLE default handler.


HRESULT OleRegGetUserType(
  [in]  REFCLSID clsid,
  [in]  DWORD    dwFormOfType,
  [out] LPOLESTR *pszUserType


[in] clsid

The CLSID of the class for which the user type is to be requested.

[in] dwFormOfType

The form of the user-presentable string. Possible values are taken from the enumeration USERCLASSTYPE.

[out] pszUserType

A pointer to a string that receives the user type.

Return value

This function can return the standard return value E_OUTOFMEMORY, as well as the following values.

Return code Description
The user type was returned successfully.
No CLSID is registered for the class object.
There was an error reading from the registry.
The ProgID = MainUserTypeName and CLSID = MainUserTypeName keys are missing from the registry.


Object applications can ask OLE to get the user type name of a specified class in one of two ways. One way is to call OleRegGetUserType. The other is to return OLE_S_USEREG in response to calls by the default object handler to IOleObject::GetUserType. OLE_S_USEREG instructs the default handler to call OleRegGetUserType. Because DLL object applications cannot return OLE_S_USEREG, they must call OleRegGetUserType, rather than delegating the job to the object handler.

The OleRegGetUserType function and its sibling functions, OleRegGetMiscStatus, OleRegEnumFormatEtc, and OleRegEnumVerbs, provide a way for developers of custom DLL object applications to emulate the behavior of OLE's default object handler in getting information about objects from the registry. By using these functions, you avoid the considerable work of writing your own, and the pitfalls inherent in working directly in the registry. In addition, you get future enhancements and optimizations of these functions without having to code them yourself.


Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header ole2.h
Library Ole32.lib
DLL Ole32.dll
API set ext-ms-win-com-ole32-l1-1-3 (introduced in Windows 10, version 10.0.10240)

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