Tutorial :Get the text within a dialog box


What Windows API function can I use to get text within a dialog? For example, if I had the handle of an error message dialog, how could I get the displayed error message?


If I correctly understand your question, your problem is very easy. Open Spy++ from the Visual Studio Tools menu. Then press Ctrl + F to receive a dialog for finding windows. Drag & drop the "Finder tool" on the control inside the dialog box from which you want to read the text; look at properties of the window, the field "Control ID" is what you need.

If you have a handle of the Dialog Window (HWND hDlg) you should use the GetDlgItemText function (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms645489(VS.85).aspx)

UINT GetDlgItemText(HWND hDlg,      int nIDDlgItem,      LPTSTR lpString,      int nMaxCount  );  

to read the text. As a nIDDlgItem parameter you should place the identifier of the control. It is the value which you have found using Spy++.


Dialog boxes don't actually contain text - they contain other controls which contain the text. You must enumerate or otherwise find the appropriate child window of the dialog box, and get its text with GetWindowText.

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