WM_HSCROLL message

The WM_HSCROLL message is sent to a window when a scroll event occurs in the window's standard horizontal scroll bar. This message is also sent to the owner of a horizontal scroll bar control when a scroll event occurs in the control.

A window receives this message through its WindowProc function.

WM_HSCROLL

    WPARAM wParam
    LPARAM lParam; 

Parameters

wParam

The HIWORD specifies the current position of the scroll box if the LOWORD is SB_THUMBPOSITION or SB_THUMBTRACK; otherwise, this word is not used.

The LOWORD specifies a scroll bar value that indicates the user's scrolling request. This word can be one of the following values.

Value Meaning
SB_ENDSCROLL
Ends scroll.
SB_LEFT
Scrolls to the upper left.
SB_RIGHT
Scrolls to the lower right.
SB_LINELEFT
Scrolls left by one unit.
SB_LINERIGHT
Scrolls right by one unit.
SB_PAGELEFT
Scrolls left by the width of the window.
SB_PAGERIGHT
Scrolls right by the width of the window.
SB_THUMBPOSITION
The user has dragged the scroll box (thumb) and released the mouse button. The HIWORD indicates the position of the scroll box at the end of the drag operation.
SB_THUMBTRACK
The user is dragging the scroll box. This message is sent repeatedly until the user releases the mouse button. The HIWORD indicates the position that the scroll box has been dragged to.

lParam

If the message is sent by a scroll bar control, this parameter is the handle to the scroll bar control. If the message is sent by a standard scroll bar, this parameter is NULL.

Return value

If an application processes this message, it should return zero.

Remarks

The SB_THUMBTRACK request code is typically used by applications that provide feedback as the user drags the scroll box.

If an application scrolls the content of the window, it must also reset the position of the scroll box by using the SetScrollPos function.

Note that the WM_HSCROLL message carries only 16 bits of scroll box position data. Thus, applications that rely solely on WM_HSCROLL (and WM_VSCROLL) for scroll position data have a practical maximum position value of 65,535.

However, because the SetScrollInfo, SetScrollPos, SetScrollRange, GetScrollInfo, GetScrollPos, and GetScrollRange functions support 32-bit scroll bar position data, there is a way to circumvent the 16-bit barrier of the WM_HSCROLL and WM_VSCROLL messages. See GetScrollInfo for a description of the technique.

Requirements

Minimum supported client
Windows Vista [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server
Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Header
Winuser.h (include Windows.h)

See also

Reference

GetScrollInfo

GetScrollPos

GetScrollRange

SetScrollInfo

SetScrollPos

SetScrollRange

WM_HSCROLL (trackbar)

WM_VSCROLL