SetDCBrushColor function (wingdi.h)

SetDCBrushColor function sets the current device context (DC) brush color to the specified color value. If the device cannot represent the specified color value, the color is set to the nearest physical color.


  [in] HDC      hdc,
  [in] COLORREF color


[in] hdc

A handle to the DC.

[in] color

The new brush color.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value specifies the previous DC brush color as a COLORREF value.

If the function fails, the return value is CLR_INVALID.


When the stock DC_BRUSH is selected in a DC, all the subsequent drawings will be done using the DC brush color until the stock brush is deselected. The default DC_BRUSH color is WHITE.

The function returns the previous DC_BRUSH color, even if the stock brush DC_BRUSH is not selected in the DC: however, this will not be used in drawing operations until the stock DC_BRUSH is selected in the DC.

The GetStockObject function with an argument of DC_BRUSH or DC_PEN can be used interchangeably with the SetDCPenColor and SetDCBrushColor functions.

ICM: Color management is performed if ICM is enabled.


For an example of setting colors, see Setting the Pen or Brush Color.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header wingdi.h (include Windows.h)
Library Gdi32.lib
DLL Gdi32.dll

See also


Device Context Functions

Device Contexts Overview