IOleWindow::GetWindow method (oleidl.h)

Retrieves a handle to one of the windows participating in in-place activation (frame, document, parent, or in-place object window).


HRESULT GetWindow(
  [out] HWND *phwnd


[out] phwnd

A pointer to a variable that receives the window handle.

Return value

This method returns S_OK on success. Other possible return values include the following.

Return code Description
The object is windowless.
The specified fEnterMode value is not valid.
There is insufficient memory available for this operation.
An unexpected error has occurred.


Five types of windows comprise the windows hierarchy. When a object is active in place, it has access to some or all of these windows.

Window Description
Frame The outermost main window where the container application's main menu resides.
Document The window that displays the compound document containing the embedded object to the user.
Pane The subwindow of the document window that contains the object's view. Applicable only for applications with split-pane windows.
Parent The container window that contains that object's view. The object application installs its window as a child of this window.
In-place The window containing the active in-place object. The object application creates this window and installs it as a child of its hatch window, which is a child of the container's parent window.

Each type of window has a different role in the in-place activation architecture. However, it is not necessary to employ a separate physical window for each type. Many container applications use the same window for their frame, document, pane, and parent windows.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header oleidl.h

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