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Scrolling, Zooming and Rotation

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You can use zooming and scrolling to navigate on a map.


Scrolling a Map

The Map control allows scrolling by default. You can enable/disable scrolling using the MapControl.EnableScrolling property.

<dxm:MapControl EnableScrolling="True">
        <dxm:ScrollButtonsOptions Visible="True"/>
    <!-- Other Map control's settings. -->

The code above uses the following classes and properties:

Class or Property Description
MapControl.EnableScrolling Specifies whether scrolling is enabled/disabled.
MapControl.ScrollButtonsOptions Gets or sets scroll buttons’ options.
ScrollButtonsOptions Stores scroll buttons’ options.
MapElementOptions.Visible Specifies scroll buttons’ visibility.

After scrolling is enabled, the map can be scrolled as follows:

  • Hover a mouse pointer over a map. Click and hold the left mouse button and drag it in the required direction.
  • Use scroll buttons. You can scroll the map in the four directions by clicking the navigation panel’s arrows.


  • Scroll a map using flick gestures on touchscreen devices.
  • Use the MapControl.Scroll method to programmatically scroll a map by a specified offset. The MapControl.CanScroll method checks if the offset is valid.

Use the MapControl.ScrollArea property to limit scroll operations so that the map center point remains within the boundaries.

How to: Enable Circular Scrolling

You can scroll a map endlessly by enabling the Circular Scrolling option. This functionality can be used in maps that have a geographical coordinate system.


The following example shows how to enable Circular Scrolling:

<dxm:MapControl ZoomLevel="3">
        <dxm:BingMapDataProvider BingKey="Your Bing Key Here"/>
        <dxm:GeoMapCoordinateSystem CircularScrollingMode="TilesAndVectorItems"/>

Use the following classes and properties to enable circular scrolling:

Class or Property Description
MapControl.CoordinateSystem Gets or sets a map’s coordinate system.
GeoMapCoordinateSystem The Map control’s Geographical coordinate system.
GeoMapCoordinateSystem.CircularScrollingMode Specifies which map items can be circularly scrolled.
CircularScrollingMode Lists values that indicate items that should be circularly scrolled.

Set Map Shape Coordinates to Cross the 180th Meridian

Note that, a map shape should fulfill the following condition to cross the 180th meridian: one or several points’ longitudes should exceed the 180 (-180) limit:

                <dxm:GeoPoint Latitude="-10" Longitude="-170"/>
                <dxm:GeoPoint Latitude="-10" Longitude="170"/>
                <dxm:GeoPoint Latitude="10" Longitude="170"/>
                <dxm:GeoPoint Latitude="10" Longitude="-170"/>
        <dxm:MapPolygon Fill="Orange">
                <dxm:GeoPoint Latitude="30" Longitude="170"/>
                <dxm:GeoPoint Latitude="30" Longitude="190"/>
                <dxm:GeoPoint Latitude="40" Longitude="190"/>
                <dxm:GeoPoint Latitude="40" Longitude="170"/>

The code above produces the following image:

Two polygons one of which crosses the 180th meridian

Zooming a Map

The zooming functionality is available in the Map control by default. You can enable/disable zooming in maps using the MapControl.EnableZooming property:

<dxm:MapControl EnableZooming="True">
        <!-- Other Map control's settings. -->

You can also use the following classes and properties to configure zooming options:

Class or Property Description
MapControl.MaxZoomLevel Gets or sets the Map control’s maximum zoom level.
MapControl.MinZoomLevel Specifies the Map control’s minimum zoom level.
LayerBase.MaxZoomLevel Gets or sets the map layer’s maximum zoom level.
LayerBase.MinZoomLevel Specifies the map layer’s minimum zoom level.
MapControl.MouseWheelZoomingStep Specifies the zooming step when the zooming using the mouse wheel.
MapControl.ZoomTrackbarOptions Gets or sets the Zoom Trackbar’s settings.
ZoomTrackbarOptions Stores the Zoom Trackbar’s settings.

You can zoom a map as follows:

How to: Zoom to a Specified Region

The following example shows how to zoom a rectangular area specified by two geographical points:

GeoPoint p1 = new GeoPoint(10, 10);
GeoPoint p2 = new GeoPoint(30, 60);
mapControl.ZoomToRegion(p1, p2, 0.3);

The code above uses the following classes and properties:

Class or Property Description
MapControl.ZoomToRegion Zooms a map to a rectangular region specified by its top-left and bottom-right points.
MapControl.ZoomToRegionBehavior Specifies the Zoom to Region-related settings.
ZoomToRegionBehavior The Zoom to Region behavior settings.

Map Rotation

Users can rotate the map as shown in the image below. Hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse in a circle to rotate the map. Double-click the map with the right mouse button to reset the rotation angle:

Map Rotation

Use the MapControl.EnableRotation property to enable or disable the map rotation:

<dxm:MapControl EnableRotation="True">

You can use the following API members to rotate the map programmatically:

  • The Angle property specifies the rotation angle. The code below rotates the map 20 degrees:
mapControl1.Angle = 20;
  • The RotateAt(Double, CoordPoint) method rotates a map at the specified point. The code below rotates the map 90 degrees at the center point:
mapControl1.RotateAt(90, mapControl1.CenterPoint);
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