GetDlgItemInt function (winuser.h)

Translates the text of a specified control in a dialog box into an integer value.


UINT GetDlgItemInt(
  [in]            HWND hDlg,
  [in]            int  nIDDlgItem,
  [out, optional] BOOL *lpTranslated,
  [in]            BOOL bSigned


[in] hDlg

Type: HWND

A handle to the dialog box that contains the control of interest.

[in] nIDDlgItem

Type: int

The identifier of the control whose text is to be translated.

[out, optional] lpTranslated

Type: BOOL*

Indicates success or failure (TRUE indicates success, FALSE indicates failure).

If this parameter is NULL, the function returns no information about success or failure.

[in] bSigned

Type: BOOL

Indicates whether the function should examine the text for a minus sign at the beginning and return a signed integer value if it finds one (TRUE specifies this should be done, FALSE that it should not).

Return value

Type: UINT

If the function succeeds, the variable pointed to by lpTranslated is set to TRUE, and the return value is the translated value of the control text.

If the function fails, the variable pointed to by lpTranslated is set to FALSE, and the return value is zero. Note that, because zero is a possible translated value, a return value of zero does not by itself indicate failure.

If lpTranslated is NULL, the function returns no information about success or failure.

Note that, if the bSigned parameter is TRUE and there is a minus sign (–) at the beginning of the text, GetDlgItemInt translates the text into a signed integer value. Otherwise, the function creates an unsigned integer value. To obtain the proper value in this case, cast the return value to an int type.

To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


The GetDlgItemInt function retrieves the text of the specified control by sending the control a WM_GETTEXT message. The function translates the retrieved text by stripping any extra spaces at the beginning of the text and then converting the decimal digits. The function stops translating when it reaches the end of the text or encounters a nonnumeric character.

The GetDlgItemInt function returns zero if the translated value is greater than INT_MAX (for signed numbers) or UINT_MAX (for unsigned numbers).


For an example, see Creating a Modeless Dialog Box.


Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winuser.h (include Windows.h)
Library User32.lib
DLL User32.dll
API set ext-ms-win-ntuser-dialogbox-l1-1-2 (introduced in Windows 10, version 10.0.10240)

See also


Dialog Boxes