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The GetScrollInfo function retrieves the parameters of a scroll bar, including the minimum and maximum scrolling positions, the page size, and the position of the scroll box (thumb).

BOOL GetScrollInfo(

    HWND hwnd,

// handle of window with scroll bar

    int fnBar,

// scroll bar flag


// pointer to structure for scroll parameters



Identifies a scroll bar control or a window with a standard scroll bar, depending on the value of the fnBar parameter.
Specifies the type of scroll bar for which to retrieve parameters. This parameter can be one of the following values:




Retrieves the parameters for a scroll bar control. The hwnd parameter must be the handle of the scroll bar control.


Retrieves the parameters for the given window's standard horizontal scroll bar.


Retrieves the parameters for the given window's standard vertical scroll bar.

Points to a SCROLLINFO structure. Before calling GetScrollInfo, set the cbSize member of the structure to sizeof(SCROLLINFO), and set the fMask member to specify the scroll bar parameters to retrieve. Before returning, the function copies the specified parameters to the appropriate members of the structure.

The fMask member can be a combination of the following values:




Copies the scroll page to the nPage member of the SCROLLINFO structure pointed to by lpsi.


Copies the scroll position to the nPos member of the SCROLLINFO structure pointed to by lpsi.


Copies the scroll range to the nMin and nMax members of the SCROLLINFO structure pointed to by lpsi.


Copies the current scroll box tracking position to the nTrackPos member of the SCROLLINFO structure pointed to by lpsi.

Return Values

If the function retrieved any values, the return value is nonzero.

If the function does not retrieve any values, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


The GetScrollInfo function enables applications to use 32-bit scroll positions. Although the messages that indicate scroll-bar position, WM_HSCROLL and WM_VSCROLL, provide only 16 bits of position data, the functions SetScrollInfo and GetScrollInfo provide 32 bits of scroll-bar position data. Thus, an application can call GetScrollInfo while processing either the WM_HSCROLL or WM_VSCROLL messages to obtain 32-bit scroll-bar position data.

To get the 32-bit position of the scroll box (thumb) during a SB_THUMBTRACK notification in a WM_HSCROLL or WM_VSCROLL message, call GetScrollInfo with the SIF_TRACKPOS value in the fMask member of the SCROLLINFO structure. The function returns the tracking position of the scroll box in the nTrackPos member of the SCROLLINFO structure. This allows you to get the position of the scroll box as the user moves it. The following sample code illustrates the technique.



    switch(LOWORD(wparam)) {

        case SB_THUMBTRACK:

          // Initialize SCROLLINFO structure


            ZeroMemory(&si, sizeof(SCROLLINFO));

            si.cbSize = sizeof(SCROLLINFO);

            si.fMask = SIF_TRACKPOS;


          // Call GetScrollInfo to get current tracking 

          //    position in si.nTrackPos


            if (!GetScrollInfo(hwnd, SB_HORZ, &si) )

                return 1; // GetScrollInfo failed






See Also


See also:

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