PathRemoveBackslashA function (shlwapi.h)

Removes the trailing backslash from a given path.

Note  This function is deprecated. We recommend the use of the PathCchRemoveBackslash or PathCchRemoveBackslashEx function in its place.


LPSTR PathRemoveBackslashA(
  [in, out] LPSTR pszPath


[in, out] pszPath


A pointer to a null-terminated string of length MAX_PATH that contains the path from which to remove the backslash.

Return value


A pointer that, when this function returns successfully and if a backslash has been removed, points to the terminating null character that has replaced the backslash at the end of the string. If the path did not include a trailing backslash, this value will point to the final character in the string.



The shlwapi.h header defines PathRemoveBackslash 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)