IPersistFile::GetCurFile method (objidl.h)

Retrieves the current name of the file associated with the object. If there is no current working file, this method retrieves the default save prompt for the object.


  [out] LPOLESTR *ppszFileName


[out] ppszFileName

The path for the current file or the default file name prompt (such as *.txt). If an error occurs, ppszFileName is set to NULL.

Return value

This method can return the following values.

Return code Description
A valid absolute path was returned successfully.
The default save prompt was returned.
The operation failed due to insufficient memory.
The operation failed due to some reason other than insufficient memory.


This method allocates memory for the string returned in the ppszFileName parameter using the IMalloc::Alloc method. The caller is responsible for calling the IMalloc::Free method to free the string. Both the caller and this method use the OLE task allocator provided by a call to CoGetMalloc.

The file name returned in ppszFileName is the name specified in a call to IPersistFile::Load when the document was loaded; or in IPersistFile::SaveCompleted if the document was saved to a different file.

If the object does not have a current working file, it should provide the default prompt that it would display in a Save As dialog box. For example, the default save prompt for a word processor object could be


Notes to Callers

OLE does not call the GetCurFile method. Applications would not call this method unless they are also calling the save methods of this interface.

In saving the object, you can call this method before calling IPersistFile::Save to determine whether the object has an associated file. If this method returns S_OK, you can then call IPersistFile::Save with a NULL filename and a TRUE value for the fRemember parameter to tell the object to save itself to its current file. If this method returns S_FALSE, you can use the save prompt returned in the ppszFileName parameter to ask the end user to provide a file name. Then, you can call IPersistFile::Save with the file name that the user entered to perform a Save As operation.


Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header objidl.h

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