Gets the password character that an edit control displays when the user enters text. You can send this message to either an edit control or a rich edit control.



Not used; must be zero.


Not used; must be zero.

Return value

The return value specifies the character to be displayed in place of any characters typed by the user. If the return value is NULL, there is no password character, and the control displays the characters typed by the user.


If an edit control is created with the ES_PASSWORD style, the default password character is set to an asterisk (*). If an edit control is created without the ES_PASSWORD style, there is no password character. To change the password character, send the EM_SETPASSWORDCHAR message.

Edit controls: Multiline edit controls do not support the password style or messages.

Rich edit: Supported in Microsoft Rich Edit 2.0 and later. Both single-line and multiline edit controls support the password style and messages. For information about the compatibility of rich edit versions with the various system versions, see About Rich Edit Controls.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client
Windows Vista [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server
Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Winuser.h (include Windows.h)

See also