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Mouse.GetPosition Method

Gets the position of the mouse relative to a specified element.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Input
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

public static Point GetPosition(
	IInputElement relativeTo


Type: System.Windows.IInputElement
The coordinate space in which to calculate the position of the mouse.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Point
The position of the mouse relative to the parameter relativeTo.

The position of the mouse pointer is calculated relative to the specified element with the upper-left corner of element being the point of origin, 0,0.

During drag-and-drop operations, the position of the mouse cannot be reliably determined through GetPosition. This is because control of the mouse (possibly including capture) is held by the originating element of the drag until the drop is completed, with much of the behavior controlled by underlying Win32 calls. Try the following approaches instead:

The following example shows how to use GetPosition to determine the position of the mouse pointer. The position of the mouse pointer is stored in a Point structure. The X and Y values of the Point object are displayed in a TextBox.

// displayArea is a StackPanel and txtBoxMousePosition is
// a TextBox used to display the position of the mouse pointer.
Point position = Mouse.GetPosition(displayArea);
txtBoxMousePosition.Text = "X: " + position.X +
    "\n" +
    "Y: " + position.Y;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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