WTF! .NET 1.1 SP1 gives butt-ugly Groupbox captions!

I decided to upgrade to .NET 1.1 SP1. Then I ran one of my .NET winforms applications which has nested groupbox controls on a winform and FlatStyle set to System so they will be XP themed.

Then I saw that the nested groupbox controls had their captions in bold arial font and this made the caption to be too big and the text wasn't readable. See this screenshot:

As you can see: a butt-ugly caption which is also crippled. This is an existing app, so I didn't do anything. It worked perfectly on .NET 1.1.

What to do? How can this be solved? I googled on this but all I find are some people having the same problem. Needless to say, I'm really pissed off by this. I hope there is an easy fix for this.

Update: It seems that when you add a panel and dock the groupbox inside the panel it works.So I now have to replace all nested group boxes with panels and dock the groupboxes inside these panels.

So Microsoft, how about FIXING this stupid bug A.S.A.P. ?


  • Frans, did you recompile your app against the .NET 1.1 SP1 version? Do you have SP1 installed on the server as well as on the client? Note that there are 2 versions available of SP1: one for XP, etc. and another for Windows Server 2003. I'm interested in the answers because we're planning to upgrade our production environment ...


  • I "fixed" this by setting the FlatStyle of all nested GroupBoxes to Standard.

    This is a really ugly bug.

  • I've got this problem,too...

    thank you for your advice,anyway.

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