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This answer has served me well for some time now:

  https://stackoverflow.com/a/13835244/3164070

 

however it does not work for when a user drags an attachment from Outlook (it works when dragging the entire email). Does anyone know if an object of a different name is created, or perhaps some other "event" occurs? I'm otherwise looking at installing a global mouse hook as @Remy Lebeau suggests in one of the other answers in the same SO post.

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Hi Dave

 

I suspect that might not be using the standard windows drag and drop - more likely an OLE one. The VirtualTreeView source code might offer a clue on how to implement that as has a dragtype property of dtVCL or dtOLE - disclaimer - I have never used the OLE type so don't know much about it.  

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Detecting start of drag operations

guessing ...

 

startDragEvent := SetWinEventHook(EVENT_OBJECT_DRAGSTART, EVENT_OBJECT_DRAGSTART, 0, @DragStartEvent, 0, 0, WINEVENT_OUTOFCONTEXT);

procedure DragStartEvent(hWinEventHook: THandle; event: DWORD; hwnd: HWND; idObject, idChild: Longint; idEventThread, dwmsEventTime: DWORD); stdcall;
begin
  //do stuff
end;

Note: All OLE drag events are initiated by DoDragDrop

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/api/ole2/nf-ole2-dodragdrop

Since the drag souce (IDropSource, IDataObject) is initiated by another process so you'll certainly need a system event hook.

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17 minutes ago, angusj said:

guessing ...

As promising as that looked, it didn't help 🙂

 

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37 minutes ago, Vincent Parrett said:

I suspect that might not be using the standard windows drag and drop - more likely an OLE one.

Is there a difference between OLE and "the standard windows drag and drop"?

"The OLE DoDragDrop function calls this method (IDropSource::QueryContinueDrag) during a drag-and-drop operation."

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/api/oleidl/nn-oleidl-idropsource

Of course, this is very different to Delphi's custom drag drop stuff.

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37 minutes ago, Dave Nottage said:

As promising as that looked, it didn't help 🙂

 

Despite the lack of documentation on EVENT_OBJECT_DRAGSTART here:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/winauto/event-constants

it seems likely that this event is only triggered by "UI Automation" Drag-and-Drop

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/winauto/ui-automation-support-for-drag-and-drop

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10 hours ago, angusj said:

Is there a difference between OLE and "the standard windows drag and drop"?

Not really, no.  Windows uses OLE for cross-process drag&drop.  For backwards compatibility, if the receiving process does not implement IDropTarget, OLE synthesizes the legacy WM_DROPFILES window message for it.

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Of course, this is very different to Delphi's custom drag drop stuff.

Yes, in-process drag&drop is the responsibility of the process to implement.  There is no Win32 API support for it outside of OLE, so the process can basically use whatever it wants.

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On 1/31/2022 at 6:36 AM, Dave Nottage said:

This answer has served me well for some time now:

  https://stackoverflow.com/a/13835244/3164070

 

however it does not work for when a user drags an attachment from Outlook (it works when dragging the entire email). Does anyone know if an object of a different name is created, or perhaps some other "event" occurs? 

Have a look at this plugin for Outlook which enables drag & drop of any item to applications:

 

https://github.com/tonyfederer/OutlookFileDrag

 

Maybe you find out how it works and port the code to Delphi. If you succeed, please make your solution open source, because I would like to implement it to our application, too 😉 Currently we rely on this plugin.

 

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4 minutes ago, Achim Kalwa said:

Have a look at this plugin for Outlook which enables drag & drop of any item to applications:

https://github.com/tonyfederer/OutlookFileDrag

You don't need a plugin to receive items dragged from outlook. You just need to handle the correct clipboard format and any decent drag/drop library can do that for you.

https://github.com/landrix/The-Drag-and-Drop-Component-Suite-for-Delphi

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4 hours ago, Anders Melander said:

You don't need a plugin to receive items dragged from outlook. You just need to handle the correct clipboard format

That seems likely be the solution to Dave Nottage's problem, though it isn't the answer to his question 😁.

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3 hours ago, angusj said:

That seems likely be the solution to Dave Nottage's problem, though it isn't the answer to his question 😁.

Well, the answer to his question is "yes" but since we don't really know what problem he's trying to solve it's hard to tell... 🙂

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4 hours ago, angusj said:

That seems likely be the solution to Dave Nottage's problem

I'd like to know how it is the likely solution. Please refer to the original question.

29 minutes ago, Anders Melander said:

Well, the answer to his question is "yes" but since we don't really know what problem he's trying to solve it's hard to tell

The problem I am trying to solve is in the original question. The "why" is that a WVD app is on the receiving end of the drag operation, and the virtual channel needs to register the WVD app window for drag/drop. The best time to do this is at the start of the operation. As I say, this has been working famously for standard drag/drop, but it does not work for dragging attachments out of Outlook

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