Group Box


A group box is a labeled rectangular area that surrounds a set of related controls. A frame is an unlabeled rectangular area that can be used to mark relationships.

Group box and frame are a way to show visual relationships; it provides no additional functionality.


Is this the right control?

  • Always use a group box to arrange related controls.

  • Use a frame to arrange related controls that cannot be labeled.

  • Don’t group single controls.

  • Show relationship by layout only.


  • Don’t nest grouping elements; use layout to show relationships within a group.

  • Don’t place controls in group box caption.

  • Don’t disable groups. To indicate that a group of controls does not currently apply, disable all the controls within the group, but not the group itself.

  • Put a Splitter between aligned grouping controls.


  • Label the group box with a descriptive caption.

  • Don’t assign an access key to the group box caption.

  • Set the group box or frame shadow to ‘flat’ to provide the consistent spacing required to convey relationship.