DeleteMetaFile function (wingdi.h)

The DeleteMetaFile function deletes a Windows-format metafile or Windows-format metafile handle.

Note  This function is provided only for compatibility with Windows-format metafiles. Enhanced-format metafiles provide superior functionality and are recommended for new applications. The corresponding function for an enhanced-format metafile is DeleteEnhMetaFile.


BOOL DeleteMetaFile(
  [in] HMETAFILE hmf


[in] hmf

A handle to a Windows-format metafile.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero.


If the metafile identified by the hmf parameter is stored in memory (rather than on a disk), its content is lost when it is deleted by using the DeleteMetaFile function.


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




Metafile Functions

Metafiles Overview