PathRemoveFileSpecA function (shlwapi.h)

Removes the trailing file name and backslash from a path, if they are present.

Note  This function is deprecated. We recommend the use of the PathCchRemoveFileSpec function in its place.


BOOL PathRemoveFileSpecA(
  [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 file name.

Return value

Type: BOOL

Returns nonzero if something was removed, or zero otherwise.



The shlwapi.h header defines PathRemoveFileSpec 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)