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DragDrop::DragEnter Attached Event

Occurs when an object is dragged into the bounds of an element that is acting as a drop target.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation

See AddDragEnterHandler, RemoveDragEnterHandler
<object DragDrop.DragEnter="DragEventHandler" .../>

This event is raised once each time an object is dragged into the bounds of an element that is acting as a drop target. This event is not raised if the element’s AllowDrop property is false.

Handling this event is optional for the drop target, and is not necessary for all drag-and-drop scenarios. You typically handle this event to provide a preview of the effects of the drag-and-drop operation, if appropriate for your application. Do not set the DragEventArgs::Effects property in the DragEnter event, as it will be overwritten in the DragOver event.

Routed Event Information

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The corresponding tunneling event is PreviewDragEnter.

The following example shows the DragEnter event handler for an Ellipse element. This code previews the effects of the drag-and-drop operation by saving the current Fill brush. It then checks to see if the DataObject being dragged over the ellipse contains string data that can be converted to a Brush. If so, the Brush is applied to the ellipse. The change is reverted in the DragLeave event handler. If the data cannot be converted to a Brush, no action is performed.

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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