Enables a source application to give visual feedback to its end user during a drag-and-drop operation by providing the DoDragDrop function with an enumeration value specifying the visual effect.

HRESULT GiveFeedback(

DWORD dwEffect
//Effect of a drop operation



[in] Specifies the DROPEFFECT value returned by the most recent call to IDropTarget::DragEnter, IDropTarget::DragOver, or IDropTarget::DragLeave. For a list of values, see the DROPEFFECT enumeration.

Return Values


The function completed its task successfully using the cursor set by the source application.


The function completed successfully using the OLE-provided, default cursor.


One or more arguments are invalid.


Out of memory.


An unexpected error occurred.


When your application detects that the user has started a drag-and-drop operation, you call the DoDragDrop function. DoDragDrop enters a loop, calling IDropTarget::DragEnter when the mouse first enters a drop target window, IDropTarget::DragOver when the mouse changes its position within the target window, and IDropTarget::DragLeave when the mouse leaves the target window.

For every call to either IDropTarget::DragEnter or IDropTarget::DragOver, DoDragDrop calls IDropSource::GiveFeedback, passing it the DROPEFFECT value returned from the drop target call. IDropSource::GiveFeedback is responsible for changing the cursor shape or for changing the highlighted source based on the value of the dwEffect parameter.

DoDragDrop calls IDropTarget::DragLeave when the mouse has left the target window. Then, DoDragDrop calls IDropSource::GiveFeedback and passes the DROPEFFECT_NONE value in the dwEffect parameter.

The dwEffect parameter can include DROPEFFECT_SCROLL, indicating the source should put up the drag-scrolling variation of the appropriate pointer.

OLE defines a recommended set of cursor shapes that your application should use. See the User Interface Guidelines for more information.

Notes to Implementors

This function is called frequently during the DoDragDrop loop so you can gain performance advantages if you optimize your implementation as much as possible.

See Also

DoDragDrop, IDropTarget

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