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GroupBoxRenderer.DrawGroupBox Method (Graphics, Rectangle, String, Font, GroupBoxState)

Draws a group box control in the specified state and bounds, with the specified text and font.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public static void DrawGroupBox(
	Graphics g,
	Rectangle bounds,
	string groupBoxText,
	Font font,
	GroupBoxState state


Type: System.Drawing.Graphics
The Graphics used to draw the group box.
Type: System.Drawing.Rectangle
The Rectangle that specifies the bounds of the group box.
Type: System.String
The String to draw with the group box.
Type: System.Drawing.Font
The Font to apply to groupBoxText.
Type: System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.GroupBoxState
One of the GroupBoxState values that specifies the visual state of the group box.

If visual styles are enabled in the operating system and visual styles are applied to the current application, this method will draw the group box with the current visual style. Otherwise, this method will draw the group box with the classic Windows style.

The following code example uses the DrawGroupBox(Graphics, Rectangle, String, Font, GroupBoxState) method in a custom control's OnPaint method to draw a group box with a double border. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the GroupBoxRenderer class.

// Draw the group box in the current state.
protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)

    GroupBoxRenderer.DrawGroupBox(e.Graphics, ClientRectangle,
        this.Text, this.Font, state);

    // Draw an additional inner border if visual styles are enabled.
    if (Application.RenderWithVisualStyles)
        GroupBoxRenderer.DrawGroupBox(e.Graphics, innerRectangle, state);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.