Use AfxFindResourceHandle to walk the resource chain and locate a specific resource by resource ID and resource type.

HINSTANCE AFXAPI AfxFindResourceHandle( 
   LPCTSTR lpszName, 
   LPCTSTR lpszType  


  • lpszName
    A pointer to a string containing the resource ID.

  • lpszType
    A pointer to the type of resource. For a list of resource types, see FindResource in the Windows SDK.

Return Value

A handle to the module that contains the resource.


AfxFindResourceHandle finds the specific resource and returns a handle to the module that contains the resource. The resource might be in any extension DLL you have loaded. AfxFindResourceHandle tells you which one has the resource.

The modules are searched in this order:

  1. The main module (if it is an extension DLL).

  2. Non-system modules.

  3. Language-specific modules.

  4. The main module (if it is a system DLL).

  5. System modules.


Header: afxwin.h

See Also




MFC Macros and Globals