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Graphics Options of AutoCAD – Illustrated Explanation

In this article, we will show how to optimize the AutoCAD graphic options according to your computational system. AutoCAD generally comes with its standard and default working scheme. For example, the background color of AutoCAD is black. Also, AutoCAD has standards and default options for graphical stuff. But you can change these options according to your system in AutoCAD. So, you will understand that configuring the graphics options of Autocad is very simple.

If you have a better computational system, you can use better graphical options of AutoCAD but if you have a low PC, you can also adjust the graphical options of AutoCAD according to your system.

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How to Change AutoCAD® Graphical Options?

Right-click on the drawing scheme of AutoCAD then click on the Options tab that appeared as shown by the red box above. In general, you can open all the options of AutoCAD with this method. It is very simple.

After entering the AutoCAD® options, you need to click on the System tab in Options as shown in the red box above then click on the Graphics Performance button as shown by the red arrow above.

In addition, graphics adjustments and configurations in AutoCAD are very important for your working performance. If your system is not enough for the different graphics features of Autocad, you need to make the required adjustments for it.

Also, the capabilities of your computer are very good to meet the AutoCAD graphics requirements. So, you need to use all the capabilities of Autocad graphics on your computer. It will be better to use them for your working performance also.

And then, these are the default options for graphics of AutoCAD on your computer. You can adjust the Hardware Acceleration from On to Off to optimize the graphical system of AutoCAD according to your computational system. Also, you can click on the small boxes beneath the Effect Settings tabs selections according to your system.

Other Graphics Options in Autocad

High-Quality Geometry: This is the graphics option of AutoCAD that you can open or close according to the capabilities of your system. But for the 2D working environment of Autocad, there is no requirement for this.

Smooth Line Display: If you activate it, the lines will appear mora e smoothly.

Advanced Material Effects: This is also about the effects of materials in the AutoCAD environment. There is no meaning to opening this graphics option in the 2D working environment.

Full Shadow Display: Actually, there is no meaning to using this option in a 2D environment in AutoCAD.

Per-Pixel Lighting(Phong): Extra lighting effects are used in this option for the 3D environment of AutoCAD. So, this is another graphics option for a 3D working environment.

Uncompressed Textures: Textures will not be compressed for both 2D and 3D environments.

For example, we make the Hardware Acceleration selection Off as shown by the red box above, the lots of graphics options are off as you can see and it says “Effects unavailable for your hardware.” You can click on the OK button to save these changes for your PC. It will provide better working performance according to your computer system in graphics options of Autocad.

Finally, in physical means, there is no big change in the appearance of the AutoCAD background.

Above all, AutoCAD® provides various kinds of options for the user to make the interface more user-friendly. Check the other useful tools that AutoCAD® provides for the users.


Adjusting the AutoCAD graphics options is very simple like above. As you understand, Hardware Acceleration option in AutoCAD is a very useful option to minimize the graphical options for the 2D working environment of AutoCAD.

So, do not forget to leave your comments and questions below about the AutoCAD graphics options.

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NOTE: All the screenshots and images are used for educational and informative purposes. Images used courtesy of AutoCAD®.


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