Frames can be used to enclose one or a group of widgets with a box which can optionally be labelled. The position of the label and the style of the box can be altered to suit.

A Frame can be created with the following function:

GtkWidget *gtk_frame_new( const gchar *label );

The label is by default placed in the upper left hand corner of the frame. A value of NULL for the label argument will result in no label being displayed. The text of the label can be changed using the next function.

void gtk_frame_set_label( GtkFrame    *frame,
                          const gchar *label );

The position of the label can be changed using this function:

void gtk_frame_set_label_align( GtkFrame *frame,
                                gfloat    xalign,
                                gfloat    yalign );

xalign and yalign take values between 0.0 and 1.0. xalign indicates the position of the label along the top horizontal of the frame. yalign is not currently used. The default value of xalign is 0.0 which places the label at the left hand end of the frame.

The next function alters the style of the box that is used to outline the frame.

void gtk_frame_set_shadow_type( GtkFrame      *frame,
                                GtkShadowType  type);

The type argument can take one of the following values:

  GTK_SHADOW_ETCHED_IN (the default)

The following code example illustrates the use of the Frame widget.

#include <gtk/gtk.h>

int main( int   argc,
          char *argv[] )
  /* GtkWidget is the storage type for widgets */
  GtkWidget *window;
  GtkWidget *frame;

  /* Initialise GTK */
  gtk_init (&argc, &argv);
  /* Create a new window */
  window = gtk_window_new (GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);
  gtk_window_set_title (GTK_WINDOW (window), "Frame Example");

  /* Here we connect the "destroy" event to a signal handler */ 
  g_signal_connect (window, "destroy",
		    G_CALLBACK (gtk_main_quit), NULL);

  gtk_widget_set_size_request (window, 300, 300);
  /* Sets the border width of the window. */
  gtk_container_set_border_width (GTK_CONTAINER (window), 10);

  /* Create a Frame */
  frame = gtk_frame_new (NULL);
  gtk_container_add (GTK_CONTAINER (window), frame);

  /* Set the frame's label */
  gtk_frame_set_label (GTK_FRAME (frame), "GTK Frame Widget");

  /* Align the label at the right of the frame */
  gtk_frame_set_label_align (GTK_FRAME (frame), 1.0, 0.0);

  /* Set the style of the frame */
  gtk_frame_set_shadow_type (GTK_FRAME (frame), GTK_SHADOW_ETCHED_OUT);

  gtk_widget_show (frame);
  /* Display the window */
  gtk_widget_show (window);
  /* Enter the event loop */
  gtk_main ();
  return 0;