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UIElement.DragEnter event

Occurs when the input system reports an underlying drag event with this element as the target.


public event DragEventHandler DragEnter

<uiElement DragEnter="eventhandler"/>

Event information

Delegate DragEventHandler


For a DragEnter event to occur, the value of AllowDrop on the current UIElement and on the event source must be true. Otherwise, consider using PointerEntered.

The Windows Runtime implementation of drag-drop concepts permits only certain controls and input actions to initiate a drag-drop action. There is no generalized DoDragDrop method that would permit any UI element to initiate a drag-drop action. The main source of a drag-drop action in an app is when you drag the items of a list such as GridView. However once the action is initiated, any UIElement in the app can potentially be a drop target so long as AllowDrop is true on that element. Any elements that the drag-drop action passes over can handle DragEnter, DragLeave or DragOver.

DragEnter is a routed event. For more info on the routed event concept, see Events and routed events overview.

For touch actions, drag-drop 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 example IsEnabled. For more info, see Hit testing and input events.

DragEnter 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 DragEnter event. If so, the control probably has an override for the method OnDragEnter. Typically the event is marked handled by the class handler, and the DragEnter event is not raised for handling by any user code handlers on that control. For more info, see Input event handlers in controls.

Independent of the event occurrence, some controls may use theme animations such as DragItemThemeAnimation to visually indicate a drag behavior to the user.

Requirements (device family)

Device family


API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml [C++]



Requirements (operating system)

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

Events and routed events overview



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