DropTarget – A library to support “Drop target” functionality

Environment: MSVC++6.0 SP3, Win98/2000/NT4(SP5)

Code Description


DropTarget adds a “Drop target” (Drag&Drop client) functionality to your C++ code


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Add the class definition files
DropFileArray.cpp / .h
MyDropTarget.cpp / .h
to your project.

#include “MyDropTarget.h” to your main *.cpp file
(in case of this demo “DropTargetDlg.cpp”.

Define a message that will be recieved by your application
if files are dropped on it:

// message constant
// message handler definition
LRESULT OnDropAction(WPARAM wParam = 0, LPARAM lParam = 0);

BEGIN_MESSAGE_MAP(CDropTargetDlg, CDialog)
  // [...]

Add the following to your dialog’s “OnInitDialog()”-member

OleInitialize(NULL); BOOL br =

to register your application as a drop target.

Implement a message handler for drop action:

LRESULT CDropTargetDlg::OnDropAction(WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)
// [...]

Define a member variable for the new class instance

CMyDropTarget m_DropTarget;

Member functions:

Besides the existing inherited functions, MyDropTarget.cpp / .h
overrides / implements the following member functions:

// retrieve number of files dropped onto target. 0 if none
int GetNumDroppedFiles();

// get first (ASCII) name of dropped file
char* GetFirstDroppedFileName();

// get any (position iNum) name of dropped file
char* GetDroppedFileName(int iNum=0);

// get wide char name of dropped file
wchar_t* GetDroppedFileNameW(int iNum=0);

// get first wide char name of dropped file
wchar_t* GetFirstDroppedFileNameW();

// handle file dropping
BOOL OnDrop( CWnd* pWnd, COleDataObject* pDataObject,
DROPEFFECT dropEffect, CPoint point );

OnDrop() retrieves a struct containing a (wide char) list of dropped
files via the COleDataObject-pointer. The list is then separated into
single file names which are filled into an array derived from CArray in
order no to limit the possible number of files that can be dropped onto
the application.

Normal character set (Win3.X, 9X) and wide character sets (WinNT4 & W2K)
are transparently supported via in-line conversion functions.


Download the attached DropTarget demonstration workspace

Final word:

I hope, you find the supplied code useful.
Please feel free to send comments to [email protected]


DropTargetDemoExe.zip is a compiled executable of the demo application.
DropTargetDemo.zip is a MSVC++ V6 workspace of the demo application.
DropTargetSrc.zip are the complete sources to be added to your project
for compilation with MSVC++ V6.0 (SP3) including all necessary libraries.

Download demo project executable
DropTargetDemoExe.zip – 6.065 kBytes

Download demo project workspace
DropTargetDemo.zip – 14.618 kBytes

Download demo project source
DropTargetSrc.zip – 3.800 kBytes

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