This message is sent by an application to find the first list box string that matches the string specified in the lpszFind parameter.

lParam = (LPARAM)(LPCSTR) lpszFind;


  • indexStart
    Zero-based index of the item before the first item to be searched. When the search reaches the bottom of the list box, it continues from the top of the list box back to the item specified by the indexStart parameter. If indexStart is –1, the entire list box is searched from the beginning.
  • lpszFind
    Long pointer to the null-terminated string to search for. This string can contain a complete filename, including the extension. The search is not case sensitive, so this string can contain any combination of uppercase and lowercase letters.

Return Values

The zero-based index of the matching item indicates success. LB_ERR indicates an unsuccessful search.


If an application creates the list box with an owner-drawn style but without the LBS_HASSTRINGS style, LB_FINDSTRINGEXACT attempts to match the 32-bit value against the value of the lpszFind parameter.


Runs on Versions Defined in Include Link to
Windows CE OS 1.0 and later Winuser.h    

Note   This API is part of the complete Windows CE OS package as provided by Microsoft. The functionality of a particular platform is determined by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and some devices may not support this API.

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 Last updated on Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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