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A frame (also known as panel) is an unlabeled rectangular control that surrounds a set of related controls.

A frame is a way to show relationships visually; it provides no additional functionality.



Is this the right control

  • Use a frame to arrange related controls that cannot be labeled. But always consider to use a labeled group box.
  • Do not group single controls.
  • Consider to communicate relationship by layout only.


  • Do not nest grouping elements; use layout to show relationships within a group.
  • Do not disable groups. To indicate that a group of controls doesn't currently apply, disable all the controls within the group, but not the group itself.
  • Put a splitter between aligned grouping controls.


  • Use a 'raised' shadow if the frame is used to convey relationship.


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