Creates an embedded object identified by a CLSID. You use it typically to implement the menu item that allows the end user to insert a new object.

STDAPI OleCreate(

REFCLSID rclsid,
//CLSID of embedded object to be created
REFIID riid,
//Interface used to communicate with new object
DWORD renderopt,
//RENDEROPT value indicating cached capabilities
FORMATETC * pFormatEtc,
//FORMATETC value, depending upon RENDEROPT value
IOleClientSite * pClientSite,
//Client site pointer to request services from the container
IStorage * pStg,
//IStorage instance to be used as storage for the object
void ** ppvObject
//On return, pointer to new object



Specifies the CLSID of the embedded object that is to be created.


Identifies the interface, usually IID_IOleObject, through which the caller will communicate with the new object.


A value from the enumeration OLERENDER, indicating the locally cached drawing capabilities the newly created object is to have. The OLERENDER value chosen affects the possible values for the pFormatEtc parameter.


Depending on which of the OLERENDER flags is used as the value of renderopt, may be one of the FORMATETC enumeration values. Refer to the OLERENDER enumeration for restrictions. This parameter, along with the renderopt parameter, specifies what the new object can cache initially.


Points to an instance of IOleClientSite, the primary interface through which the object will request services from its container. Value may be NULL.


Points to an instance of the IStorage interface to be used as the storage for the object. This parameter may not be NULL.


Upon successful return, receives a pointer to the interface requested in riid on the newly created object.

Return Values


Indicates embedded object created successfully.


Indicates embedded object cannot be created due to lack of memory.


The OleCreate function creates a new embedded object, and is typically called to implement the menu item Insert New Object. When OleCreate returns, the object it has created is blank (contains no data), unless renderopt is OLERENDER_DRAW or OLERENDER_FORMAT, and is loaded. Containers typically then call the OleRun function or IOleObject::DoVerb to show the object for initial editing.

The rclsid parameter specifies the CLSID of the requested object. CLSIDs of registered objects are stored in the registry. When an application user selects Insert Object, a selection box allows the user to select the type of object desired from those in the system registry. When OleCreate is used to implement the Insert Object menu item, the CLSID associated with the selected item is assigned to the rclsid parameter of OleCreate.

The riid parameter specifies the interface the client will use to communicate with the new object. Upon successful return, the ppvObject parameter holds a pointer to the requested interface.

The created object's cache contains information that allows a presentation of a contained object when the container is opened. Information about what should be cached is passed in the renderopt and pFormatetc values. When OleCreate returns, the created object's cache is not necessarily filled. Instead, the cache is filled the first time the object enters the running state. The caller can add additional cache control with a call to IOleCache::Cache after the return of OleCreate and before the object is run. If renderopt is OLERENDER_DRAW or OLERENDER_FORMAT, OleCreate requires that the object support the IOleCache interface. There is no such requirement for any other value of renderopt.

If pClientSite is non-NULL, OleCreate calls IOleObject::SetClientSite with the pClientSite parameter. IOleClientSite is the primary interface by which an object requests services from its container.

If pClientSite is NULL, you must make a specific call to IOleObject::SetClientSite before attempting any operations.

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