SetDCPenColor function (wingdi.h)

SetDCPenColor function sets the current device context (DC) pen color to the specified color value. If the device cannot represent the specified color value, the color is set to the nearest physical color.


  [in] HDC      hdc,
  [in] COLORREF color


[in] hdc

A handle to the DC.

[in] color

The new pen color.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value specifies the previous DC pen color as a COLORREF value. If the function fails, the return value is CLR_INVALID.


The function returns the previous DC_PEN color, even if the stock pen DC_PEN is not selected in the DC; however, this will not be used in drawing operations until the stock DC_PEN is selected in the DC.

The GetStockObject function with an argument of DC_BRUSH or DC_PEN can be used interchangeably with the SetDCPenColor and SetDCBrushColor functions.

ICM: Color management is performed if ICM is enabled.


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


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


Device Context Functions

Device Contexts Overview