Solved: How to Solve AutoCAD 2017 – 4K issue

Unfortunately I have read many posts on the AutoCAD 4k problem. Does the update SERVICE PACK 1 solve the problem?

I installed it and I followed the advice on one of the AutoDesk articles but it did not solve anything!

Is there a better alternative  splution to simply resizing to the lower resolution display?

AutoCAD on my 4k monitor (3840 × 2160) resolution is not scaling correctly and looks terrible!

Does anyone have any idea how to fix the AutoCAD 4k problem? Thanks

Asked on December 6, 2016 in AutoCAD.
Add Comment
7 Answer(s)
Best answer

I apologise for being very late to this, but it may help someone if they are still searching for answers, as I have been today.

I had exactly the same issue that Margaret above shows in the vid.

The answer is to change the Windows / System / Display settings to 1920 x 1080 (in my case) and keep size of text, apps, and other items to 100%.

If you have custom settings that greys out these changes, then you need to allow Windows to log you out first to make these changes.

If you are also running Windows under VMWare Fusion, as I do, then you also need to change the Display settings in Fusion to uncheck ‘Use full resolution for Retina display’, otherwise after a minute or so it bounces you back to the automatic setting, which is back to exactly what Margaret shows above in the video.

With this sorted, my LT 2017 on Windows 10 looks exactly the same as my old LT 2010 on Windows 7 did.

Hope that helps someone.

Answered on April 20, 2020.

Thanks for the advice, Monty

on April 20, 2020.
Add Comment

Hey everyone!

Great news AutoCAD 2017 supports 4k monitors, here’s an extract from the specs for the latest release:

For AutoCAD 2017.1 Update:

Conventional Displays:
1360×768 (1920×1080 recommended) with True Color

High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840×2160 supported on Windows 10, 64 bit systems (with capable display card)

The key thing I think is with capable display card so we’re going to need to have a good graphics card to handle the larger screen. I guess it makes sense. Better upgrade!

AutoCAD 4k scaling problem

Here’s the link to confirm:

Answered on January 21, 2017.
Add Comment

Hi there,

Downloading and updating your version of AutoCAD to 2017.1 Solves this same issue;

“If you’re on an AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT 2017 subscription license or maintenance plan, you’ll get all your updates as they become available, right in the Autodesk Desktop App. Just accept the update, and you’ll be up and running with the new features immediately.

Please see this Blog post for more.”


You can also find the update in your accound managment page :

Hope this helps 🙂

Answered on December 6, 2016.
Add Comment

The problem with using AutoCAD with 4K screen as monitor (3840×2160 pixels) is that the television will scale the input to fit the screen (in the same way you used to see 4:3 input warped to 16:9) this distortion or scaling takes processor power and/or leaves a less responsive or HQ output that we might expect.

As they used to say in college at Computer Science class, Garbage In Garbage Out.

Answered on January 17, 2017.
Add Comment

The 4K, 3840 X 2160 resolution problem scaling in AutoCAD 2016 I think has been solved with the latest update as JavaParaTrooper suggests above.

I looks like the graphics card also can struggle to drive such a big monitor.

Does anyone know what if AutoCAD has issued any guidance about an optimal resolution?

At HD resolution (1920×1080) AutoCAD runs fine for me but it’s rubbish at 4k.

Screen resolutions are only going to keep increasing so either the AutoCAD package and/or our hardware is going to have to keep pace.

Answered on January 2, 2017.

What hardware are you guys running? Maybe we need even more RAM and better graphics cards too now for these larger monitors!

on January 29, 2017.
Add Comment

AutoCAD 2016 does not support 4k screens I am afraid.

Answered on January 12, 2017.
Add Comment

Here’s a good example of the type of problems I’ve been encountering too. It seems from the YouTube comments people are thinking it’s related to the hardware not the software?

Do you guys think it’s a hardware or a software problem? Maybe this 4K, 3840 X 2160 resolution problem scaling in AutoCAD 2016 is actually a hardware issue?

Answered on January 16, 2017.
Add Comment

Your Answer

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.