PtInRect function

The PtInRect function determines whether the specified point lies within the specified rectangle. A point is within a rectangle if it lies on the left or top side or is within all four sides. A point on the right or bottom side is considered outside the rectangle.


BOOL PtInRect(
  const RECT *lprc,
  POINT      pt



A pointer to a RECT structure that contains the specified rectangle.


A POINT structure that contains the specified point.

Return Value

If the specified point lies within the rectangle, the return value is nonzero.

If the specified point does not lie within the rectangle, the return value is zero.


The rectangle must be normalized before PtInRect is called. That is, lprc.right must be greater than lprc.left and lprc.bottom must be greater than If the rectangle is not normalized, a point is never considered inside of the rectangle.

Because applications can use rectangles for different purposes, the rectangle functions do not use an explicit unit of measure. Instead, all rectangle coordinates and dimensions are given in signed, logical values. The mapping mode and the function in which the rectangle is used determine the units of measure.


For an example, see Using Rectangles.


Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winuser.h (include Windows.h)
Library User32.lib
DLL User32.dll

See Also





Rectangle Functions

Rectangles Overview