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ImageList_LoadImage info  Overview  Group

The ImageList_LoadImage function creates an image list from the specified bitmap, cursor, or icon resource.

HIMAGELIST ImageList_LoadImage(

    HINSTANCE hi, 

// handle of instance containing the image

    LPCTSTR lpbmp,

// identifies the image to load

    int cx,

// image width

    int cGrow,

// number of new images the list can contain

    COLORREF crMask,

// color used to generate a mask

    UINT uType,

// type of image to load

    UINT uFlags

// flags that control image loading



Handle to the instance that contains the resource. This parameter can be NULL if you are loading an image from a file or loading an OEM resource.
Identifies the image to load.

If the uFlags parameter includes LR_LOADFROMFILE, lpbmp is a pointer to a null-terminated string that names the file containing the image to load.

If the hi parameter is non-NULL and LR_LOADFROMFILE is not specified, lpbmp is a pointer to a null-terminated string that contains the name of the image resource in the hi module.

If hi is NULL and LR_LOADFROMFILE is not specified, the low-order word of this parameter must be the identifier of an OEM image to load. To create this value, use the MAKEINTRESOURCE macro with one of the OEM image identifiers defined in WINUSER.H. These identifiers have the following prefixes:




OEM bitmaps


OEM icons


OEM cursors

Width of each image. The height of each image and the initial number of images are inferred by the dimensions of the specified resource.
Amount of images by which the image list can grow when the system needs to resize the list to make room for new images. This parameter represents the number of new images that the resized image list can contain.
Color used to generate a mask. Each pixel of this color in the specified bitmap, cursor, or icon is changed to black, and the corresponding bit in the mask is set to 1. If this parameter is the CLR_NONE value, no mask is generated.
Flag that specifies the type of image to load. This parameter can be one of the following values:




Loads a bitmap.


Loads a cursor.


Loads an icon.

Flags that specify how to load the image. This parameter can be a combination of the following values:




Uses the color format of the display.


Uses the width or height specified by the system metric values for cursors and icons if the cx parameter is set to zero. If this value is not specified and cx is set to zero, the function sets the size to that specified in the resource. If the resource contains multiple images, the function sets the size to that of the first image.


Loads the image from the file specified by the lpbmp parameter.


Searches the color table for the image and replaces the following shades of gray with the corresponding three-dimensional color:

Dk Gray,
RGB(128, 128, 128)


RGB(192, 192, 192)


Lt Gray,
RGB(223, 223, 223)



Retrieves the color value of the first pixel in the image and replaces the corresponding entry in the color table with the default window color (the COLOR_WINDOW display color). All pixels in the image that use that entry become the default window value color. This value applies only to images that have corresponding color tables.


Loads the image in black and white.


Shares the image handle if the image is loaded multiple times. Do not use this value for images that have nontraditional sizes that might change after loading or for images that are loaded from a file.

Return Values

If the function succeeds, the return value is the handle of the image list.

If the function fails, the return value is NULL.

See Also


See also:

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