PointerPressed event
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UIElement.PointerPressed event

Occurs when the pointer device initiates a Press action within this element.


public event PointerEventHandler PointerPressed

<uiElement PointerPressed="eventhandler"/>

Event information

Delegate PointerEventHandler


Touch, mouse, and pen/stylus interactions are received, processed, and managed as pointer input in Windows Store apps. Any of these interactions can produce a PointerPressed event. For more info, see Handle pointer input. Pointer events are intended for scenarios where you're interested in multiple pointers and their relationships, or when you are examining specifics of each pointer such as exact coordinate position. Otherwise, you might consider handling gesture events such as Tapped.

Use a handler based on PointerEventHandler to handle this event.

Mouse input is associated with a single pointer assigned when mouse input is first detected. Clicking a mouse button (left, wheel, or right) creates a secondary association between the pointer and that button through the PointerPressed event. The PointerReleased event is fired only when that same mouse button is released (no other button can be associated with the pointer until this event is complete). Because of this exclusive association, other mouse button clicks are routed through the PointerMoved event. You can test the mouse button state when handling this event, as shown in the following example.

private void Target_PointerMoved(object sender, PointerRoutedEventArgs e)
    Windows.UI.Xaml.Input.Pointer ptr = e.Pointer;

    // Multiple, simultaneous mouse button inputs are processed here.
    // Mouse input is associated with a single pointer assigned when 
    // mouse input is first detected. 
    // Clicking additional mouse buttons (left, wheel, or right) during 
    // the interaction creates secondary associations between those buttons 
    // and the pointer through the pointer pressed event. 
    // The pointer released event is fired only when the last mouse button 
    // associated with the interaction (not necessarily the initial button) 
    // is released. 
    // Because of this exclusive association, other mouse button clicks are 
    // routed through the pointer move event.          
    if (ptr.PointerDeviceType == Windows.Devices.Input.PointerDeviceType.Mouse)
        // To get mouse state, we need extended pointer details.
        // We get the pointer info through the getCurrentPoint method
        // of the event argument. 
        Windows.UI.Input.PointerPoint ptrPt = e.GetCurrentPoint(Target);
        if (ptrPt.Properties.IsLeftButtonPressed)
            eventLog.Text += "\nLeft button: " + ptrPt.PointerId;
        if (ptrPt.Properties.IsMiddleButtonPressed)
            eventLog.Text += "\nWheel button: " + ptrPt.PointerId;
        if (ptrPt.Properties.IsRightButtonPressed)
            eventLog.Text += "\nRight button: " + ptrPt.PointerId;

    // Prevent most handlers along the event route from handling the same event again.
    e.Handled = true;

    // Display pointer details.

Pointer events from a mouse input device generally have the same PointerId in the event details for the lifetime of the app.

PointerPressed is a routed event. For more info on the routed event concept, see Events and routed events overview.

For touch actions and also for interaction-specific or manipulation events that are consequences of a touch action, an element must be hit-test visible in order to be the event source and fire the event that is associated with the action. UIElement.Visibility must be Visible. Other properties of derived types also affect hit-test visibility. For more info, see Events and routed events overview.

PointerPressed supports the ability to attach event handlers to the route that will be invoked even if the event data for the event is marked Handled. See AddHandler.

Specific Windows Runtime controls may have class-based handling for the PointerPressed input event. If so, the control probably has an override for the method OnPointerPressed. Typically the event is marked handled by the class handler, and the PointerPressed event is not raised for handling by any user code handlers on that control. For example, ButtonBase has class handling that handles PointerPressed and instead fires Click. For more info on how class-based handling for events works, see Events and routed events overview.

Controls may also have a PointerDownThemeAnimation personality animation that run independently of the event.

Pointer capture

PointerPressed is sometimes used as the initiating event when capturing the pointer, so that further pointer-related events are all captured by a particular element so long as the pointer remains down. To capture a pointer, you call the CapturePointer method on a specific UI element that should maintain the capture. This is usually done within a PointerPressed event handler, and you call CapturePointer on the event's sender. For more info on how to capture a pointer and why you might want to do so, see CapturePointer.

PointerPressed and gesture events, or manipulation events

The user action that fires a PointerPressed event initially can eventually result in the Holding event representing a Hold gesture, unless the input device is a mouse. If the element where PointerPressed occurs has a non-default ManipulationMode value, then the action might also result in various manipulation events like ManipulationStarted. For more info, see "Using manipulation events" section in Quickstart: Touch input.

When PointerPressed fires, gesture events such as Tapped won't fire yet because the gesture events other than Holding are waiting for the pointer to be released before firing an event.

As a general design rule for your app's user interactions, you should examine whether there are control-specific events you can handle for an interaction, or appropriate gesture events. For example, if your control is a Button, that control has a Click event that's specifically intended for when the user invokes the button's action. Or if your element isn't a button but you're handling and event for an element's primary action, you would handle Tapped.

Gesture events can be specifically disabled on individual elements by setting properties such as IsTapEnabled. You might disable the gesture events if you are processing manipulations, but you typically don't need to disable gesture events if you're handling pointer events. Pointer events can't be specifically disabled, but you can choose to not handle them.

PointerPressed and PointerReleased

Other events instead of PointerReleased may fire at the end of the action—for example, PointerCanceled or PointerCaptureLost. Don't rely on PointerPressed and PointerReleased events always occurring in pairs. To function properly, your app must listen for and handle all events that represent likely conclusions to the Press action. Some of the reasons why you might not get a PointerReleased occurrence are:

  • Differences in how specific hardware handles touch actions and Press actions
  • A programmatic pointer capture from a different pointer
  • User actions that change the relationship of the display area, such as changing resolution or monitor settings
  • Input interactions such as a stylus touching the same surface as a previous touch action

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family

Universal, introduced version 10.0.10240.0

API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml [C++]



Requirements (Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml [C++]



See also

Quickstart: Touch input
XAML user input events sample



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