IDropSource::GiveFeedback method

Enables a source application to give visual feedback to the end user during a drag-and-drop operation by providing the DoDragDrop function with an enumeration value specifying the visual effect.


HRESULT GiveFeedback(
  [in] DWORD dwEffect


dwEffect [in]

The DROPEFFECT value returned by the most recent call to IDropTarget::DragEnter, IDropTarget::DragOver, or IDropTarget::DragLeave.

Return value

This method returns S_OK on success. Other possible values include the following.

Return codeDescription

Indicates successful completion of the method, and requests OLE to update the cursor using the OLE-provided default cursors.



When your application detects that the user has started a drag-and-drop operation, it should call the DoDragDrop function. DoDragDrop enters a loop, calling IDropTarget::DragEnter when the mouse first enters a drop target window, IDropTarget::DragOver when the mouse changes its position within the target window, and IDropTarget::DragLeave when the mouse leaves the target window.

For every call to either IDropTarget::DragEnter or IDropTarget::DragOver, DoDragDrop calls IDropSource::GiveFeedback, passing it the DROPEFFECT value returned from the drop target call.

DoDragDrop calls IDropTarget::DragLeave when the mouse has left the target window. Then, DoDragDrop calls IDropSource::GiveFeedback and passes the DROPEFFECT_NONE value in the dwEffect parameter.

The dwEffect parameter can include DROPEFFECT_SCROLL, indicating that the source should put up the drag-scrolling variation of the appropriate pointer.

Notes to Implementers

This function is called frequently during the DoDragDrop loop, so you can gain performance advantages if you optimize your implementation as much as possible.

IDropSource::GiveFeedback is responsible for changing the cursor shape or for changing the highlighted source based on the value of the dwEffect parameter. If you are using default cursors, you can return DRAGDROP_S_USEDEFAULTCURSORS, which causes OLE to update the cursor for you, using its defaults.


Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]






IID_IDropSource is defined as 00000121-0000-0000-C000-000000000046

See also