Finally, Microsoft started to support touchpad like Apple did years ago. As Microsoft never do well in touchpad, WPF application even doesn’t support horizontal scrolling of touchpad. Also, WPF uses MouseWheel to handle vertical scrolling, not a particular method.

This article contains my method to support horizontal scrolling of touchpad in a WPF application. It uses MouseWheel indeed, but horizontals and verticals are all supported.


This article is written in both English and Chinese. 本文同时编写了 中文英文 两个版本。


▲ Precision Touchpad

We need to fetch WM_MOUSEHWHEEL message from our WPF window. Yes! That mouse wheel message. We fetch vertical data from it before, but we now fetch horizontal data from it.

At first, we should hook the window message.

  • override OnSourceInitialized method of a Window.
  • If you could not write code in Window, SourceInitialized event of a Window is also a choice. (You can get the Window instance by using Window.GetWindow(DependencyObject) method.)
  • If you cannot get the opportune moment, you can also write code after SourceInitialized event such as Loaded event or others.
protected override void OnSourceInitialized(EventArgs e)
{
    var source = PresentationSource.FromVisual(_board);
    ((HwndSource) source)?.AddHook(Hook);
}

private IntPtr Hook(IntPtr hwnd, int msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, ref bool handled)
{
    // Handle window message here.
    return IntPtr.Zero;
}

Next, let’s handle WM_MOUSEHWHEEL:

const int WM_MOUSEHWHEEL = 0x020E;

private IntPtr Hook(IntPtr hwnd, int msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, ref bool handled)
{
    switch (msg)
    {
        case WM_MOUSEHWHEEL:
            int tilt = (short) HIWORD(wParam);
            OnMouseTilt(tilt);
            return (IntPtr) 1;
    }
    return IntPtr.Zero;
}

/// <summary>
/// Gets high bits values of the pointer.
/// </summary>
private static int HIWORD(IntPtr ptr)
{
    var val32 = ptr.ToInt32();
    return ((val32 >> 16) & 0xFFFF);
}

/// <summary>
/// Gets low bits values of the pointer.
/// </summary>
private static int LOWORD(IntPtr ptr)
{
    var val32 = ptr.ToInt32();
    return (val32 & 0xFFFF);
}

private void OnMouseTilt(int tilt)
{
    // Write your horizontal handling codes here.
}

You can write horizontal scrolling code in OnMouseTilt method.

Better yet, you could pack all the codes above in a more common class and raise a MouseTilt event just like raising MouseWheel event.

By the way, Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse support horizontal scrolling also, and my codes above here support this kind of mouse.


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