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Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Fix Lagging Mouse Movement in AutoCAD

This tip may not apply to everyone, but if it applys to you,I know this is going to make your day.  Many useres have complained about their mouse having a delay in AutoCAD.  This is not only very frustrating, but it also kills productivity.  If you are using Windows Vista, here’s a solution that may fix your problem (you will need to be logged in with ADMINISTRATOR privileges:

  1. Click your START Button and then right click on COMPUTER and select PROPERTIES
  2. On the left side of the dialog box, under TASKS, select ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS (you will probably have to approve permission)
  3. Click the SETTINGS button located under the PERFORMANCE heading (located in the Advanced Tab)
  4. Under the VISUAL EFFECTS tab, select CUSTOM and then UNCHECK “Enable Desktop Composition” and select APPLY

That should do it.  If it doesn’t fix the problem, or if you notice other problems, you can always go back the the Visual Effects Tab and select “Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer” to set it back to the default.

I know this was a answer to prayer for me.  I hope it helps you also.


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P.P.S.  One of our subscribers, Shaun Endersby, added this information for those of you using Windows XP that may be helpful:

Something similar happened to me using XP with AutoCAD 2008, 2009 & 2010 where the mouse stutters across the screen, commands or coordinates entered are in the wrong order or not appearing and the reason – I’d simply undocked the command line to gain screen space.  Re-docking the command line and the problem was solved!  Took a while to realize the problem but it really was that simple.


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42 Responses to “How to Fix Lagging Mouse Movement in AutoCAD”
  1. Ed says:

    I have been experiencing “mouse lag” when I select objects in AutoCAD MEP 2009. When I select objects, the cursor will freeze for a moment or three as if it is counting the objects one at a time. It seems that the more I select, the longer it takes for the cursor to “catch up” and move again. I tried your tip, but I didn’t have the “Enable Desktop Composition” option. I have Windows XP Professional x64 edition. Any ideas? Thank you.

  2. Hey Ed,
    It’s been so long since I’ve used XP. Basically what we are doing is turning off some of the special effects windows likes to add to dialog boxes and such. I’m sure there is a way to do that in XP, but I have not personally experimented with it.

    Mike Williams

  3. Djodi says:

    The P.P.S saved my life, much apreciated, thanks!

  4. Stephen says:


  5. Stephen says:



  6. Ahhhhh! Finally!! Thanks a lot!

  7. Ernest Lai says:

    Saved me, i just installed Win 7 on a brand new Intel x-25 34nm SSD and this was driving me nuts….

  8. The videos are for AutoCAD, not AutoCAD Architecture. I may be adding them at a later date. Also, the email address for support should work. You may want to try it again.

  9. racge says: saved my day! 🙂 been searching for possible solutions all over and this was the simplest, most effective way! Thanks!!

  10. Matt B says:

    Cheers man. Been going nuts with the mouse lag.

  11. Happy to help Matt

  12. Alberto says:

    Tip was incredible, thanks a lot. It will save a lot of time.

  13. Mike says:

    Makes a big difference. Thanks.

  14. tomas bertok says:

    the P.P.S saved my sanity and the purchase of a new processor. thank you wery wery much.

  15. karl says:

    Solved my problem…thanx a lot! Genius ….

  16. Justin FYI says:

    I was searching for flashing line, cursor flash, and finally stumbled across your solution! You da man!

  17. Andrew FYI says:

    I have just run into a lagging problem when I updated my graphics card. The solution was to unistall the graphics card and load the original software that came with the computer and no more lagging.

  18. P.J. says:

    Thanks a lot, fixed my 2012

  19. Guillermo says:

    Thanks for the tip;I have experience lagging on my mouse.

  20. Guillermo says:

    New on this website. Excellent !

  21. ollie says:

    you are a legend! this has been bugging me all day, tried everything and this is the only thing that worked for me

    thanks a lot!!

  22. HI OFECR says:

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

    Autocad 2012 mouse lag fixed I was going to put my fist in it 🙂

  23. Lyn says:

    Brilliant! That helped alot. Am using Windows 7 and Autocad 2009

  24. Riz says:

    I found a SOLUTION to my lag after reading your post. My problem had to do with the Properties window. I normally keep this visible even not needed. Everytime a I make a selection ACAD had to compute the entities for the properties window. Closing the Properties Window solved my problem.

  25. Juan says:

    Thank you my friend, thank you. You save my life. bye. God bless you

  26. junior architect says:

    thank u very much !!!
    one of my frnd told me dat it was RAM problem and i thought of calling d system engineer !!!
    anyways .. thank u sooooo much !!! 🙂

  27. johny says:

    thanx a lot, this tip solvs my problem

  28. jen says:

    Thanks for the tip, this worked with windows 7 too!

  29. JaviMe says:

    Hi, guys. I do the next(in XP & cad11): zoom in in a line and then regen (rg). It works most of the times. I also, to increase performance;
    -hide the biggest objetcs,(for ex. a block with 245000 lines)
    -hide the properties, layer, refx, etc windows,
    -hide the annotative scale if I don´t use it at that moment,
    -switch-off all the autosave and register save, etc.
    -switch-off the quick properties dialogue, the tips, info and so on
    That´s it for the moment, hehe. Congrat for the site.

  30. vikram says:

    hey, probably i did not do it right earlier. It seems to work. Thanks a lot….it was really irritating with the drag.

  31. Jorge says:

    Thnak you! It work’s on a 2012 AutoCAD on Win7.

  32. Mike V says:

    Just checked in after a while and saw this. I used to have the same problem while using AutoCAD Architecture. AutoCAD is a memory hog and I used to have to exit and open Architecture again till I found FREE MEMORY II (freeware). It clears the cache and frees up RAM. You have to be careful though, it also clears your trash and TMP – which means your autoback backup files. Autodesk seems to have solved this with 2013 though, sees MUCH smoother.

  33. Juan says:

    I tried this, and unfortunatelly it did not work for me… I tried other things and found that a large xref file was what was making my system lagg.. I exploded the xref once, and that took care of the problem..

    Thanks though, I see this did help others

  34. ABHIJEET says:

    GREAT …………….THANKS

  35. Lee says:

    You are a Legend. This has been driving me nuts for the last few weeks, but all is good now. I’m using Win7 and this worked a treat.

  36. sey says:


  37. Pepper Ironbridge says:

    Thanks man! It works! Appreciate your tip!

    Using Win 7 x64 + AutoCAD 2009.

  38. Nabil says:

    That worked for me, great thanks.

  39. Mindaugas says:

    Thank you. Works fine now on windows 7 autocad 2012. 😉

  40. shiva says:
    autocad 3D settings and smooth display and fix the mouse delay problems

  41. Mitja Plos says:

    THANKS A LOT! The lag was driving me crazy…

  42. Tim Brown says:

    You Sir are my hero, this has been driving me crazy for weeks now. Thank you very much !!!

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