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The SetConsoleOutputCP function sets the output code page used by the console associated with the calling process. A console uses its output code page to translate the character values written by the various output functions into the images displayed in the console window.

BOOL SetConsoleOutputCP(

    UINT wCodePageID 

// code page to set



Specifies the identifier of the code page to set. The identifiers of the code pages available on the local computer are stored in the registry under the following key.


Return Values

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


A code page maps 256 character codes to individual characters. Different code pages include different special characters, typically customized for a language or a group of languages.

To determine a console’s current output code page, use the GetConsoleOutputCP function. To set and retrieve a console’s input code page, use the SetConsoleCP and GetConsoleCP functions.

See Also

GetConsoleCP, GetConsoleOutputCP, SetConsoleCP 

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