#736 – Finding the Maximum Number of Touch Points at Run-time

You can write code that discovers at run-time the number of touch points supported by the hardware that you’re running on.  You do this by calling the GetSystemMetrics Win32 API call.

    class Program
        static extern int GetSystemMetrics(int nIndex);

        // Index passed in to GetSystemMetrics() indicates
        // what data we're asking for.
        private const int SM_DIGITIZER = 94;
        private const int SM_MAXIMUMTOUCHES = 95;

        // Masks used to check results from SM_DIGITIZER check
        private const int NID_READY = 0x80;
        private const int NID_MULTI_INPUT = 0x40;

        static void Main(string[] args)
            string info;

            int digitizer = GetSystemMetrics(SM_DIGITIZER);

            if ((digitizer & (NID_READY + NID_MULTI_INPUT)) == NID_READY + NID_MULTI_INPUT)
                int numTouchPoints = GetSystemMetrics(SM_MAXIMUMTOUCHES);
                info = string.Format("Multitouch ready, {0} inputs supported", numTouchPoints);
                info = "Multitouch not supported";




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One Response to #736 – Finding the Maximum Number of Touch Points at Run-time

  1. Hi, I wondering is that touch input number can be change?, I mean to reduce it, for example from 10 inputs to 1 input only.

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