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UIElement.ReleasePointerCapture method

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Releases pointer captures for capture of one specific pointer by this UIElement.


public void ReleasePointerCapture(
  Pointer value



Type: Pointer

The pointer reference. Use either saved references from previous captures, or pointer event data, to obtain this reference.


Programmatically releasing the pointer capture with ReleasePointerCapture is not the only way that an element might lose pointer capture. For example, user-driven events such as releasing the pointer (touch point up, mouse button released) can cause the pointer capture to be canceled. You can listen for the PointerCaptureLost event to determine when this happens.

Another way that pointer capture might be canceled is if a pointer moves out of one app and into another app while the two apps are side-by-side.

You should only call ReleasePointerCapture if your app code has previously called CapturePointer, and has a reference to the particular Pointer instance where you want to release the pointer capture. You'd typically get that Pointer reference through an event such as PointerReleased or perhaps PointerMoved.

Your app code might call CapturePointer from a different UIElement than the one that has any current pointer capture. If so, that cancels any pointer capture previously made by other elements. A UIElement can capture multiple pointers to handle multiple touch points such as for manipulations, but only one UIElement in an app can have any pointer captures at any one time. For more info, see Quickstart: Pointers.


This example shows calling ReleasePointerCapture based on handling PointerReleased. It also shows code for capturing the pointer initially, and a pattern for tracking and counting pointer references.

int _pointerCount;

public Scenario2()
    bEnteredExited.PointerEntered += bEnteredExited_PointerEntered;
    bEnteredExited.PointerExited += bEnteredExited_PointerExited;
    bEnteredExited.PointerPressed += bEnteredExited_PointerPressed;
    bEnteredExited.PointerReleased += bEnteredExited_PointerReleased;
    bEnteredExited.PointerMoved += bEnteredExited_PointerMoved;

    // To code for multiple Pointers (that is, fingers), 
    // we track how many entered/exited.
    _pointerCount = 0;

private void bEnteredExited_PointerMoved(object sender, 
    PointerRoutedEventArgs e)
    Scenario2UpdateVisuals(sender as Border, "Moved");

private void bEnteredExited_PointerReleased(object sender, 
    PointerRoutedEventArgs e)
    txtCaptureStatus.Text = string.Empty;

//Can only get capture on PointerPressed (i.e. touch down, mouse click, pen press)
private void bEnteredExited_PointerPressed(object sender, 
    PointerRoutedEventArgs e)
    if (tbPointerCapture.IsOn)
        bool _hasCapture = ((Border)sender).CapturePointer(e.Pointer);
        txtCaptureStatus.Text = "Got Capture: " + _hasCapture;

private void bEnteredExited_PointerExited(object sender, 
    PointerRoutedEventArgs e)
    Scenario2UpdateVisuals(sender as Border, "Exited");

private void bEnteredExited_PointerEntered(object sender, 
    PointerRoutedEventArgs e)
    Scenario2UpdateVisuals(sender as Border, "Entered");

private void Scenario2UpdateVisuals(Border border, 
    String eventDescription)
    switch (eventDescription.ToLower())
        case "exited":
            if (_pointerCount <= 0)
                border.Background = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Red);
                bEnteredExitedTextBlock.Text = eventDescription;
        case "moved":
            RotateTransform rt = 
            rt.Angle += 2;
            if (rt.Angle > 360) rt.Angle -= 360;
            border.Background = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Green);
            bEnteredExitedTextBlock.Text = eventDescription;

private void Scenario2Reset(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

private void Scenario2Reset()
    bEnteredExited.Background = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Green);
    bEnteredExitedTextBlock.Text = string.Empty;


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

Input sample



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