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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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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28 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:


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  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!

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