DragDropEffects Enumeration


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Specifies the possible effects of a drag-and-drop operation.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

Namespace:   System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public enum DragDropEffects

Member nameDescription

The combination of the Copy, Move, and Scroll effects.


The data from the drag source is copied to the drop target.


The data from the drag source is linked to the drop target.


The data from the drag source is moved to the drop target.


The drop target does not accept the data.


The target can be scrolled while dragging to locate a drop position that is not currently visible in the target.

This enumeration is used by the following classes: DragEventArgs, GiveFeedbackEventArgs, and Control.

You can use DragDropEffects to display different mouse pointers for drag-and-drop operations. For example, you can display a plus symbol for a Copy drag-and-drop operation, an arrow symbol for a Move drag-and-drop operation, or a red circle with a line through it symbol for a None drag-and-drop operation.

If you want to drop data at a position in the target that is not currently visible, you could scroll the target while dragging. If a target does not support scrolling, you must make sure that the drop position is visible in the target before you begin the drag-and-drop operation. The following are some scenarios when you might want to scroll a target:

  • You are dragging text into a document, and you want to drop the text at a position not visible in the document window.

  • You are dragging a file into a file tree, and you want to drop the file on a node not visible in the file tree.

This code example demonstrates using the DragDropEffects enumeration when the user moves the mouse over the drop target during a drag-and-drop operation. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the DoDragDrop method of the Control class. See the DoDragDrop method for the complete code example.

private void ListDragTarget_DragOver(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.DragEventArgs e) 

    // Determine whether string data exists in the drop data. If not, then
    // the drop effect reflects that the drop cannot occur.
    if (!e.Data.GetDataPresent(typeof(System.String))) {

        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.None;
        DropLocationLabel.Text = "None - no string data.";

    // Set the effect based upon the KeyState.
    if ((e.KeyState & (8+32)) == (8+32) && 
        (e.AllowedEffect & DragDropEffects.Link) == DragDropEffects.Link) {
        // KeyState 8 + 32 = CTL + ALT

        // Link drag-and-drop effect.
        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Link;

    } else if ((e.KeyState & 32) == 32 && 
        (e.AllowedEffect & DragDropEffects.Link) == DragDropEffects.Link) {

        // ALT KeyState for link.
        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Link;

    } else if ((e.KeyState & 4) == 4 && 
        (e.AllowedEffect & DragDropEffects.Move) == DragDropEffects.Move) {

        // SHIFT KeyState for move.
        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Move;

    } else if ((e.KeyState & 8) == 8 && 
        (e.AllowedEffect & DragDropEffects.Copy) == DragDropEffects.Copy) {

        // CTL KeyState for copy.
        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Copy;

    } else if ((e.AllowedEffect & DragDropEffects.Move) == DragDropEffects.Move)  {

        // By default, the drop action should be move, if allowed.
        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Move;

    } else
        e.Effect = DragDropEffects.None;

    // Get the index of the item the mouse is below. 

    // The mouse locations are relative to the screen, so they must be 
    // converted to client coordinates.

    indexOfItemUnderMouseToDrop = 
        ListDragTarget.IndexFromPoint(ListDragTarget.PointToClient(new Point(e.X, e.Y)));

    // Updates the label text.
    if (indexOfItemUnderMouseToDrop != ListBox.NoMatches){

        DropLocationLabel.Text = "Drops before item #" + (indexOfItemUnderMouseToDrop + 1);
    } else
        DropLocationLabel.Text = "Drops at the end.";


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