EnumMonitors function

The EnumMonitors function retrieves information about the port monitors installed on the specified server.


BOOL EnumMonitors(
  _In_  LPTSTR  pName,
  _In_  DWORD   Level,
  _Out_ LPBYTE  pMonitors,
  _In_  DWORD   cbBuf,
  _Out_ LPDWORD pcbNeeded,
  _Out_ LPDWORD pcReturned


pName [in]

A pointer to a null-terminated string that specifies the name of the server on which the monitors reside. If this parameter is NULL, the local monitors are enumerated.

Level [in]

The version of the structure pointed to by pMonitors.

This value can be 1 or 2.

pMonitors [out]

A pointer to a buffer that receives an array of structures. The buffer must be large enough to store the strings referenced by the structure members.

To determine the required buffer size, call EnumMonitors with cbBuf set to zero. EnumMonitors fails, GetLastError returns ERROR_INSUFFICIENT_BUFFER, and the pcbNeeded parameter returns the size, in bytes, of the buffer required to hold the array of structures and their data.

The buffer receives an array of MONITOR_INFO_1 structures if Level is 1, or MONITOR_INFO_2 structures if Level is 2.

cbBuf [in]

The size, in bytes, of the buffer pointed to by pMonitors.

pcbNeeded [out]

A pointer to a variable that receives the number of bytes copied if the function succeeds or the number of bytes required if cbBuf is too small.

pcReturned [out]

A pointer to a variable that receives the number of structures that were returned in the buffer pointed to by pMonitors.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is a nonzero value.

If the function fails, the return value is zero.



This is a blocking or synchronous function and might not return immediately. How quickly this function returns depends on run-time factors such as network status, print server configuration, and printer driver implementation factors that are difficult to predict when writing an application. Calling this function from a thread that manages interaction with the user interface could make the application appear to be unresponsive.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client
Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server
Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Winspool.h (include Windows.h)
Unicode and ANSI names
EnumMonitorsW (Unicode) and EnumMonitorsA (ANSI)

See also


Print Spooler API Functions