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Opens a named file mapping object.


HANDLE WINAPI OpenFileMapping(
  _In_  DWORD dwDesiredAccess,
  _In_  BOOL bInheritHandle,
  _In_  LPCTSTR lpName


dwDesiredAccess [in]
The access to the file mapping object. This access is checked against any security descriptor on the target file mapping object. For a list of values, see File Mapping Security and Access Rights.
bInheritHandle [in]
If this parameter is TRUE, a process created by the CreateProcess function can inherit the handle; otherwise, the handle cannot be inherited.
lpName [in]
The name of the file mapping object to be opened. If there is an open handle to a file mapping object by this name and the security descriptor on the mapping object does not conflict with the dwDesiredAccess parameter, the open operation succeeds. The name can have a "Global\" or "Local\" prefix to explicitly open an object in the global or session namespace. The remainder of the name can contain any character except the backslash character (\). For more information, see Kernel Object Namespaces. Fast user switching is implemented using Terminal Services sessions. The first user to log on uses session 0, the next user to log on uses session 1, and so on. Kernel object names must follow the guidelines outlined for Terminal Services so that applications can support multiple users.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is an open handle to the specified file mapping object.

If the function fails, the return value is NULL. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.