GetStockObject function

The GetStockObject function retrieves a handle to one of the stock pens, brushes, fonts, or palettes.

Syntax

HGDIOBJ GetStockObject(
  int i
);

Parameters

i

The type of stock object. This parameter can be one of the following values.

Value Meaning
BLACK_BRUSH
Black brush.
DKGRAY_BRUSH
Dark gray brush.
DC_BRUSH
Solid color brush. The default color is white. The color can be changed by using the SetDCBrushColor function. For more information, see the Remarks section.
GRAY_BRUSH
Gray brush.
HOLLOW_BRUSH
Hollow brush (equivalent to NULL_BRUSH).
LTGRAY_BRUSH
Light gray brush.
NULL_BRUSH
Null brush (equivalent to HOLLOW_BRUSH).
WHITE_BRUSH
White brush.
BLACK_PEN
Black pen.
DC_PEN
Solid pen color. The default color is white. The color can be changed by using the SetDCPenColor function. For more information, see the Remarks section.
NULL_PEN
Null pen. The null pen draws nothing.
WHITE_PEN
White pen.
ANSI_FIXED_FONT
Windows fixed-pitch (monospace) system font.
ANSI_VAR_FONT
Windows variable-pitch (proportional space) system font.
DEVICE_DEFAULT_FONT
Device-dependent font.
DEFAULT_GUI_FONT
Default font for user interface objects such as menus and dialog boxes. It is not recommended that you use DEFAULT_GUI_FONT or SYSTEM_FONT to obtain the font used by dialogs and windows; for more information, see the remarks section.

The default font is Tahoma.

OEM_FIXED_FONT
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) dependent fixed-pitch (monospace) font.
SYSTEM_FONT
System font. By default, the system uses the system font to draw menus, dialog box controls, and text. It is not recommended that you use DEFAULT_GUI_FONT or SYSTEM_FONT to obtain the font used by dialogs and windows; for more information, see the remarks section.

The default system font is Tahoma.

SYSTEM_FIXED_FONT
Fixed-pitch (monospace) system font. This stock object is provided only for compatibility with 16-bit Windows versions earlier than 3.0.
DEFAULT_PALETTE
Default palette. This palette consists of the static colors in the system palette.

Return Value

If the function succeeds, the return value is a handle to the requested logical object.

If the function fails, the return value is NULL.

Remarks

It is not recommended that you employ this method to obtain the current font used by dialogs and windows. Instead, use the SystemParametersInfo function with the SPI_GETNONCLIENTMETRICS parameter to retrieve the current font. SystemParametersInfo will take into account the current theme and provides font information for captions, menus, and message dialogs.

Use the DKGRAY_BRUSH, GRAY_BRUSH, and LTGRAY_BRUSH stock objects only in windows with the CS_HREDRAW and CS_VREDRAW styles. Using a gray stock brush in any other style of window can lead to misalignment of brush patterns after a window is moved or sized. The origins of stock brushes cannot be adjusted.

The HOLLOW_BRUSH and NULL_BRUSH stock objects are equivalent.

It is not necessary (but it is not harmful) to delete stock objects by calling DeleteObject.

Both DC_BRUSH and DC_PEN can be used interchangeably with other stock objects like BLACK_BRUSH and BLACK_PEN. For information on retrieving the current pen or brush color, see GetDCBrushColor and GetDCPenColor. See Setting the Pen or Brush Color for an example of setting colors. The GetStockObject function with an argument of DC_BRUSH or DC_PEN can be used interchangeably with the SetDCPenColor and SetDCBrushColor functions.

Examples

For an example, see Setting the Pen or Brush Color.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header wingdi.h (include Windows.h)
Library Gdi32.lib
DLL Gdi32.dll

See Also

DeleteObject

Device Context Functions

Device Contexts Overview

SelectObject