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Inherits From: NSView : NSResponder : NSObject

Conforms To: NSCoding (NSResponder) NSObject (NSObject)

Declared In: AppKit/NSBox.h

Class Description

An NSBox object is a simple NSView that can do two things: It can draw a border around itself and it can title itself. You can use an NSBox to group, visually, some number of other NSViews. These other NSViews are added to the NSBox through the typical subview-adding methods, such as addSubview: and replaceSubview:with:.

An NSBox contains a content area, a rectangle set within the NSBox's frame in which the NSBox's subviews are displayed. The size and location of the content area depends on the NSBox's border type, title location, the size of the font used to draw the title, and an additional measure that you can set through the setContentViewMargins: method. When you create an NSBox, an instance of NSView is created and added (as a subview of the NSBox object) to fill the NSBox's content area. If you replace this content view with an NSView of your own, your NSView will be resized to fit the content area. Similarly, as you resize an NSBox its content view is automatically resized to fill the content area.

The NSViews that you add as subviews to an NSBox are actually added to the NSBox's content viewNSView's subview-adding methods are redefined by NSBox to ensure that a subview is correctly placed in the view hierarchy. However, you should note that the subviews method isn't redefined: It returns an NSArray containing a single object, the NSBox's content view.

Getting and Modifying the Border and Title

Setting and Placing the Content View

Resizing the Box