DragDrop.DoDragDrop(DependencyObject, Object, DragDropEffects) Method


Initiates a drag-and-drop operation.

 static System::Windows::DragDropEffects DoDragDrop(System::Windows::DependencyObject ^ dragSource, System::Object ^ data, System::Windows::DragDropEffects allowedEffects);
public static System.Windows.DragDropEffects DoDragDrop (System.Windows.DependencyObject dragSource, object data, System.Windows.DragDropEffects allowedEffects);
static member DoDragDrop : System.Windows.DependencyObject * obj * System.Windows.DragDropEffects -> System.Windows.DragDropEffects
Public Shared Function DoDragDrop (dragSource As DependencyObject, data As Object, allowedEffects As DragDropEffects) As DragDropEffects



A reference to the dependency object that is the source of the data being dragged.


A data object that contains the data being dragged.


One of the DragDropEffects values that specifies permitted effects of the drag-and-drop operation.


One of the DragDropEffects values that specifies the final effect that was performed during the drag-and-drop operation.



dragSource or data is null.


The following example shows how to initiate a drag-and-drop operation from the MouseMove event handler of an Ellipse element to make it a drag source. The transferred data is the string representation of the ellipse's Fill property. The data is passed to the DoDragDrop method as a string and is automatically wrapped in a DataObject.

private void ellipse_MouseMove(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
    Ellipse ellipse = sender as Ellipse;
    if (ellipse != null && e.LeftButton == MouseButtonState.Pressed)
        DragDrop.DoDragDrop( ellipse,
Private Sub Ellipse_MouseMove(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Input.MouseEventArgs)
    Dim ellipse = TryCast(sender, Ellipse)
    If ellipse IsNot Nothing AndAlso e.LeftButton = MouseButtonState.Pressed Then
        DragDrop.DoDragDrop(ellipse, ellipse.Fill.ToString(), DragDropEffects.Copy)
    End If
End Sub


It is the responsibility of your application to determine when a drag occurs, and then initiate the drag-and-drop operation. Typically, this is when a MouseDown and MouseMove sequence of events occurs over the element to be dragged. You initiate the drag-and-drop operation by calling the static DoDragDrop method and passing the transferred data to it. The DoDragDrop method will automatically wrap the data in a DataObject if necessary. For greater control over the data format, you can wrap the data in a DataObject before passing it to the DoDragDrop method.

The value returned from the DoDragDrop method is the value of the DragEventArgs.Effects property set in the drop target's Drop event handler. If the return value does not match one of the allowedEffects specified in the call to DoDragDrop, the drag-and-drop operation is not performed.

Applies to