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Drag and Drop in a Dialog

, 6 Dec 2012 CPOL
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Simple Drag and Drop functionality in a dialog.


Here is a simple method to have a Drag and Drop feature in your dialog based applications. To provide Drag and Drop we have a Windows Message Handler called WM_DROPFILES. Handle this message through the ON_MESSAGE message map to capture the dropped files.

Message Handler

 BEGIN_MESSAGE_MAP(CComGuidFinderDlg, CDialog)
  ON_MESSAGE(WM_DROPFILES,OnDropFiles)// Message Handler for Drang and Drop

Now it is time to handle the WM_DROPFILES messages through a user defined method. The function prototype should be like this:

LRESULT  OnDropFiles(WPARAM wParam,LPARAM lParam);

Finally we have a function to capture the drop events. wParam is a handle to the HDROP structure describing the dropped files. To get info about the dropped file, i.e., the file name used:

DragQueryFile(hDrop,    // Struture Identifier
        -1,        // -1 to Drop more than one file or ( integer 0 to max )
                   // to drop selected No of files
        szDroppedFile,// Droped File Name
        MAX_PATH);   // Max char

So now we have done all possible coding in our dialog based application to handle the Drag & Drop feature. But still it is handicapped. Handling the Drop event is not enough to ensure the Drag & Drop feature. We need to register our window to accept the dropped file using:

BOOL CComGuidFinderDlg::OnInitDialog()
  DragAcceptFiles(TRUE) // To Accept Dropped file Set this TRUE

Good... That's all, and we have done well!

I added one more feature in this sample, i.e., moving our dialog by clicking on anywhere on the window. This can be done by posting the WM_NCLBUTTONDOWN message to HTCAPTION handle this statement in OnLButtonDownMessage(...) .



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QuestionI think you can post this article as a trick or tip. right? PinmemberSajeeshCheviry4-Jan-13 19:49 
AnswerRe: I think you can post this article as a trick or tip. right? Pinmemberjibesh14-Jan-13 14:18 
GeneralRe: I think you can post this article as a trick or tip. right? PinmemberSajeeshCheviry14-Jan-13 18:33 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberjustdownloads13-Dec-12 1:49 
QuestionGreat Article PinmemberJosephFox19-Feb-12 3:38 
GeneralRe: Great Article Pinmemberjibesh6-Dec-12 12:01 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmember ThatsAlok 7-Jul-11 22:16 
Questionnice article Pinmember ThatsAlok 7-Jul-11 22:16 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberDemiG19-Jul-10 19:16 
GeneralDragAcceptFile PinmemberGernot Frisch18-Nov-08 0:06 
GeneralRe: DragAcceptFile Pinmemberjibesh6-Dec-12 12:03 
GeneralSolution: How to move your dialog by clicking on anywhere on the window in a Win32 API Non MFC App Pinmembercffhgfdf22-Sep-06 2:34 
Generalsimple, good, usable PinmemberMessnerEW11-Oct-04 21:21 
GeneralI really like the simplicity Pinmemberhockeyman13-Sep-04 9:26 
GeneralRe: I really like the simplicity Pinmemberhockeyman13-Sep-04 9:31 
Generalgood job Pinmembershaitan18@yahoo.com18-Feb-04 11:32 
QuestionWhom this article is targeted? Pinmembersuper18-Nov-03 21:14 
AnswerRe: Whom this article is targeted? Pinmemberjibesh18-Nov-03 21:35 
GeneralRe: Whom this article is targeted? Pinmemberarmentage19-Nov-03 4:50 
GeneralRe: Whom this article is targeted? Pinmemberjibesh19-Nov-03 5:20 
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GeneralMissing File. PinmemberWREY17-Nov-03 21:22 
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