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Posted 9 Jun 2014

How To Perform Drag-Drop Operations on TreeView Control in Windows Forms

, 9 Jun 2014 CPOL
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How to perform Drag-Drop Operations on TreeView control in Windows Forms

Drag/Drop functionality is an ease to end user in each and every technology and almost every user is comfortable using the drag-drop feature. In this post, we will see how to perform drag and drop operation of nodes in a single TreeView control. There are few events that we will be working with. They are – ItemDrag(), DragEnter() and DragDrop(). Apart from these, we will also use some inbuilt functions that facilitate drag/drop operations on Windows Forms. So, let’s get started. To create a draggable/drop-able Treeview control on Windows Forms, we will use the steps mentioned below:

  • Set the AllowDrop property of TreeView control to True.
  • Populate the TreeView with some nodes. I am here filling the nodes with some sample data.
    private function LoadData()
           for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++)
               TreeNode node = new TreeNode("Node " + i);
               for (int j = 0; j < 3; j++)
                   TreeNode n1 = new TreeNode("Sub-node :" + i + " - " + j);
  • Handle the ItemDrag() event handler of the TreeView and write the code below:
    private void treeView1_ItemDrag(object sender, ItemDragEventArgs e)
          DoDragDrop(e.Item, DragDropEffects.Move);
  • Handle the DragEnter() event handler of the TreeView and write the code below:
    private void treeView1_DragEnter(object sender, ItemDragEventArgs e)
          e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Move;
  • Handle the DragDrop() event handler of the TreeView and write the code below:
    private void treeView1_DragDrop(object sender, ItemDragEventArgs e)
           TreeNode NewNode;
           if (e.Data.GetDataPresent("System.Windows.Forms.TreeNode", false))
               Point pt = ((TreeView)sender).PointToClient(new Point(e.X, e.Y));
               TreeNode DestinationNode = ((TreeView)sender).GetNodeAt(pt);
               NewNode = (TreeNode)e.Data.GetData("System.Windows.Forms.TreeNode");
               //Remove Original Node
  • You're done.
  • Execute the application and try dragging/dropping the nodes on the TreeView control.

Keep learning and sharing! Cheers!


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