#688 – Moving an Element with the Mouse

Here’s a short example that uses the MouseDown, MouseMove and MouseUp events to move a user interface element around on the screen.  We place a Label in a Canvas and then bind its position to a couple of properties that keep track of the desired X and Y position of the label.  The properties derive from a base position for the label, plus the current mouse position.

Here’s the XAML:

        <Label Content="Feast" Background="ForestGreen" Padding="12,7"
               Canvas.Left="{Binding XPosition}" Canvas.Top="{Binding YPosition}"
               MouseDown="Feast_MouseDown"  MouseUp="Feast_MouseUp" MouseMove="Feast_MouseMove"/>

And the code:

    public partial class MainWindow : Window, INotifyPropertyChanged
        public MainWindow()
            this.DataContext = this;

        private Point BasePoint = new Point(0.0, 0.0);
        private double DeltaX = 0.0;
        private double DeltaY = 0.0;
        private bool moving = false;
        private Point PositionInLabel;

        public double XPosition
            get { return BasePoint.X + DeltaX; }

        public double YPosition
            get { return BasePoint.Y + DeltaY; }

        private void Feast_MouseDown(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
            Label l = e.Source as Label;
            if (l != null)
                moving = true;
                PositionInLabel = e.GetPosition(l);

        private void Feast_MouseMove(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
            if (moving)
                Point p = e.GetPosition(null);
                DeltaX = p.X - BasePoint.X - PositionInLabel.X;
                DeltaY = p.Y - BasePoint.Y - PositionInLabel.Y;

        private void Feast_MouseUp(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
            Label l = e.Source as Label;
            if (l != null)
                BasePoint.X += DeltaX;
                BasePoint.Y += DeltaY;
                DeltaX = 0.0;
                DeltaY = 0.0;
                moving = false;

        public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;

        private void RaisePropertyChanged(string prop)
            if (PropertyChanged != null)
                PropertyChanged(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(prop));

The end result looks something like this:


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Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

One Response to #688 – Moving an Element with the Mouse

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