PointerReleased event
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UIElement.PointerReleased event

Occurs when the pointer device that previously initiated a Press action is released, while within this element. Note that the end of a Press action is not guaranteed to fire a PointerReleased event; other events may fire instead. For more info, see Remarks.


Public Event PointerReleased As PointerEventHandler

<uiElement PointerReleased="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 PointerReleased event. For more info, see Handle pointer input.

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

The user action that fires a PointerReleased event initially can result in the Tapped event, or can also result in RightTapped under conditions that vary per device. For more info, see Tapped and RightTapped.

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.

PointerReleased 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.

PointerReleased 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 PointerReleased input event. If so, the control probably has an override for the method OnPointerReleased. Typically the event is marked handled by the class handler, and the PointerReleased event is not raised for handling by any user code handlers on that control. For more info on how class-based handling for events works, see Events and routed events overview.

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

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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