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DragExtender - An extenderprovider for dragging functionality

, 28 Oct 2004
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An extenderprovider for dragging functionality.

Sample Image - DragExtender.jpg


This is a piece of code that I wrote to simplify creating borderless forms.


Have you ever used a borderless form? You have to write your own move handlers. If you include (e.g.) a panel on that form, you have to write move handlers for that as well. So, I wrote a little IExtenderProvider implementation to provide this functionality. You can use this code in other ways (with a little tweaking perhaps), e.g., to move controls around a form.

Using the code

I have yet to integrate this code into the Forms Designer to make it a no-brainer to use. Using it in its current form is very easy, however:

Add the extender as a private variable to the form.

private DragExtender dragExtender1;

In the constructor, add the following after the call to InitializeComponent():

this.dragExtender1 = new DragExtender();

You should also specify which component should be the drag target (this leaves a lot of room for experiments):

this.dragExtender1.Form = this;

The only code left is to assign draggable controls:

// make the form draggable
this.dragExtender1.SetDraggable(this, true);
// make panel1 draggable
this.dragExtender1.SetDraggable(this.panel1, true);

The DragExtender then captures the OnMouseDown event of that control and handles the dragging code:

private void control_MouseDown(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
    if (!DesignMode && m_form!=null)
        Control control = sender as Control;
        int nul =0;
        SendMessage(m_form.Handle, WM_SYSCOMMAND, MOUSE_MOVE, ref nul);

Points of Interest

I will try to integrate Windows Forms designer functionality for the next update.


  • Version 1.0, 28-10-2004.


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I am a .NET developer from Gouda, the Netherlands, developing software since mid eighties.

Comments and Discussions

Questionwhat about resize... Pinmembertyounsi28-Oct-05 10:07 
Hi this is kind of cool but by doing this you skin the inner frame.
The frame can be move but how can you resize it ?
Any ideas.
Programming is not an end in itself but only a means to an end
Generalgreat code Pinmembermarcel2464-Mar-05 3:41 
GeneralRe: great code PinmemberGuido_d13-Apr-05 23:59 
GeneralVery simple but it's wonderful Pinmembertaithien2-Nov-04 17:45 

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