Allocates a block of task memory in the same way that IMalloc::Alloc does.

LPVOID CoTaskMemAlloc(

//Size in bytes of memory block to be allocated



Specifies the size (in bytes) of the memory block to be allocated.

Return Values

Allocated memory block

Indicates memory block allocated successfully.


Indicates insufficient memory available.


The CoTaskMemAlloc function uses the default allocator to allocate a memory block in the same way that IMalloc::Alloc does. It is not necessary to call the CoGetMalloc function before calling CoTaskMemAlloc.

The initial contents of the returned memory block are undefined pics/OLE00090001.gif there is no guarantee that the block has been initialized. The allocated block may be larger than cb bytes because of the space required for alignment and for maintenance information.

If cb is zero, CoTaskMemAlloc allocates a zero-length item and returns a valid pointer to that item. If there is insufficient memory available, CoTaskMemAlloc returns NULL.

Note Applications should always check the return value from this method, even when requesting small amounts of memory, because there is no guarantee the memory will be allocated.

See Also

IMalloc::Alloc, CoGetMalloc, CoTaskMemFree, CoTaskMemRealloc

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