Scroll the Map

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Users can scroll the map to navigate it. The Map Control also supports circular scrolling and allows you to limit the scroll area.


Enable/Disable Scrolling

Scrolling is initially enabled in the Map Control. Set the MapControl.EnableScrolling property to false to disable scrolling.

Use the MiniMap.EnableScrolling property to manage scrolling on a mini-map. Refer to the Mini Map topic to learn more about mini-maps.

Circular Scrolling

The Map Control allows you to scroll a map horizontally infinitely. Use the GeoMapCoordinateSystem.CircularScrollingMode property to set the appropriate circular scrolling mode.


The following code shows how to allow end users to endlessly scroll image tile and vector item layers:

mapControl.CoordinateSystem = new GeoMapCoordinateSystem() {
    CircularScrollingMode = CircularScrollingMode.TilesAndVectorItems

The table below lists classes and properties which the code uses:

Class or Property Description
MapControl.CoordinateSystem Specifies a map’s coordinate system.
GeoMapCoordinateSystem The geographical coordinate system.
CircularScrollingMode Lists modes that specify the Circular Scrolling behavior.


Note the following points before using Circular Scrolling:

Set Map Shape Coordinates to Cross the 180th Meridian

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

MapPolygon polygon = new MapPolygon();
polygon.Points.Add(new GeoPoint(10, -170));
polygon.Points.Add(new GeoPoint(10, 170));
polygon.Points.Add(new GeoPoint(-10, 170));
polygon.Points.Add(new GeoPoint(-10, -170));

// Point longitudes enclose the 180 meridian.
MapPolygon polygonCross180 = New MapPolygon();
polygonCross180.Fill = Color.Orange;
polygonCross180.Points.Add(new GeoPoint(30, 190));
polygonCross180.Points.Add(new GeoPoint(30, 170));
polygonCross180.Points.Add(new GeoPoint(20, 170));
polygonCross180.Points.Add(new GeoPoint(20, 190));

The code above produces the following image:


Limit Scroll Area

Use the ScrollArea property to specify the region that users can scroll.


The following code limits a map control’s scroll area:

using DevExpress.XtraMap;
    private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
        mapControl1.ScrollArea = new DevExpress.Map.MapBounds(
            new GeoPoint(44.568441, -11.877712), 
            new GeoPoint(36.219329, 4.030490));
        mapControl1.CenterPoint = new GeoPoint(40.155242, -2.912869);
        mapControl1.ZoomLevel = 4.5;

How End Users Can Scroll a Map

An end user can scroll a map as follows:



Hold down the left mouse button and drag it

Move the mouse pointer while holding down the left mouse button. The mouse pointer changes from MousePointer to ZoomingAndScrolling_Scrolling02.png when an end user holds down the left mouse button. The map is scrolled in the same direction as the mouse pointer’s movement.

Use the arrows on the map navigation panel.

An end user can scroll a map in four directions by clicking the arrows on the map navigation panel. For example, use the right arrow in the navigation panel to scroll to the east.


Use the NavigationPanelOptions.ShowScrollButtons property to manage scroll button visibility in the navigation panel.

Use the “Arrow” keys (Left, Up, Right or Down).

Press the Left arrow key to scroll the map west.

Press the Up arrow key to scroll the map north.

Press the Right arrow key to scroll the map east.

Press the Down arrow key to scroll the map south.

Use flick gestures on touchscreen devices.

An end user can scroll a map using flick gestures on a touchscreen device.