Translation Between String Types

The functions listed in the following table translate character strings from one string type to another.

Function Description
FoldString Translates one character string to another.
LCMapString Maps a character string by locale.
ToUnicode Translates a virtual key code into a Unicode character.
MultiByteToWideChar Maps a multibyte string to a Unicode string.
WideCharToMultiByte Maps a Unicode string to a multibyte string.


The WideCharToMultiByte and MultiByteToWideChar functions are particularly useful for applications that support several string types. ANSI C also defines the conversion functions wcstombs and mbstowcs, but they can only convert to and from the character set supported by the standard C library.

Unicode in the Windows API