DragDrop.DragEnter Attached Event


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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)

See AddDragEnterHandler, RemoveDragEnterHandler

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.

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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.

private Brush _previousFill = null;
private void ellipse_DragEnter(object sender, DragEventArgs e)
    Ellipse ellipse = sender as Ellipse;
    if (ellipse != null)
        // Save the current Fill brush so that you can revert back to this value in DragLeave.
        _previousFill = ellipse.Fill;

        // If the DataObject contains string data, extract it.
        if (e.Data.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.StringFormat))
            string dataString = (string)e.Data.GetData(DataFormats.StringFormat);

            // If the string can be converted into a Brush, convert it.
            BrushConverter converter = new BrushConverter();
            if (converter.IsValid(dataString))
                Brush newFill = (Brush)converter.ConvertFromString(dataString);
                ellipse.Fill = newFill;
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