SetLayout function

The SetLayout function changes the layout of a device context (DC).

Syntax

DWORD SetLayout(
  HDC   hdc,
  DWORD l
);

Parameters

hdc

A handle to the DC.

l

The DC layout. This parameter can be one or more of the following values.

Value Meaning
LAYOUT_BITMAPORIENTATIONPRESERVED
Disables any reflection during BitBlt and StretchBlt operations.
LAYOUT_RTL
Sets the default horizontal layout to be right to left.

Return value

If the function succeeds, it returns the previous layout of the DC.

If the function fails, it returns GDI_ERROR.

Remarks

The layout specifies the order in which text and graphics are revealed in a window or a device context. The default is left to right. The SetLayout function changes this to be right to left, which is the standard in Arabic and Hebrew cultures.

Once the LAYOUT_RTL flag is selected, flags normally specifying right or left are reversed. To avoid confusion, consider defining alternate words for standard flags, such as those in the following table.

Standard flag Suggested alternate name
WS_EX_RIGHT WS_EX_TRAILING
WS_EX_RTLREADING WS_EX_REVERSEREADING
WS_EX_LEFTSCROLLBAR WS_EX_LEADSCROLLBAR
ES_LEFT ES_LEAD
ES_RIGHT ES_TRAIL
EC_LEFTMARGIN EC_LEADMARGIN
EC_RIGHTMARGIN EC_TRAILMARGIN
 

SetLayout cannot modify drawing directly into the bits of a DIB.

For more information, see "Window Layout and Mirroring" in Window Features.

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

Device Context Functions

Device Contexts Overview

GetLayout