A group box is a labeled rectangular area that surrounds a set of related controls. A frame (also known as panel) is an unlabeled rectangular area that can be used to mark relationship as well.
Both, group box and frame are a way to show relationships visually; it provides no additional functionality.
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- Always try to use a group box to arrange related controls.
- Use a frame to arrange related controls that cannot be labeled.
- 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 place controls in group box’ caption.
- 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.
- Label the group box with a descriptive caption.
- Do not assign an access key to the group box’ caption.
- Use a 'raised' shadow if the frame is used to convey relationship.