PathFindExtensionA function (shlwapi.h)

Searches a path for an extension.


LPCSTR PathFindExtensionA(
  [in] LPCSTR pszPath


[in] pszPath


A pointer to a null-terminated string of maximum length MAX_PATH that contains the path to search, including the extension being searched for.

Return value


Returns the address of the "." that precedes the extension within pszPath if an extension is found, or the address of the terminating null character otherwise.


Note that a valid file name extension cannot contain a space. For more information on valid file name extensions, see File Type Handlers.


The shlwapi.h header defines PathFindExtension as an alias which automatically selects the ANSI or Unicode version of this function based on the definition of the UNICODE preprocessor constant. Mixing usage of the encoding-neutral alias with code that not encoding-neutral can lead to mismatches that result in compilation or runtime errors. For more information, see Conventions for Function Prototypes.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header shlwapi.h
Library Shlwapi.lib
DLL Shlwapi.dll (version 4.71 or later)