Why is my cursor slow or jerky when using AutoCAD?

I’m experiencing a continual problem with AutoCAD lately which is really causing problems with my work. Unfortunately as I navigate around the screen my cursor moving slowly or erratically in AutoCAD? This problem seems to be perculiar to AutoCAD and isn’t happening with any other programs. Does anyone have any ideas what is causing this and how to fix it? Thanks

Asked on September 27, 2016 in AutoCAD.
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Hi Custom Shop!

In my experience there can be a number of reasons for this problem. I’ve found a quick Youtube tutorial to hopefully help you fix this problem.

If that doesn’t work there’s a few other things you could try here:

You can try to enable or disable hardware acceleration in AutoCAD. Here’s how How to enable or disable hardware acceleration in AutoCAD). 

You can look at changing some of the control variables in AutoCAD by setting these using the command line:

ORTHOMODE = 0

PROPERTYPREVIEW = 0

ROLLOVERTIPS = 0

SELECTIONCYCLING = 0

SAVEFIDELITY = 0

QPMODE = 0

SNAPMODE = 0

SELECTIONPREVIEW = 0

UCSDETECT = 0

DYNMODE = 0

It’s always a good idea, like with Windows to install the latest AutoCAD service packs from the AutoCAD Downloads page.

If all that fails, and you’ve already tried another mouse have a look at this AutoDesk forum post with feedback from another user with a similar problem. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Cursor-is-slow-or-jerky-in-AutoCAD.html

Good luck!

Answered on September 28, 2016.
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I get this issue all the time, usually when I forget to plug in my laptop’s power source since that automatically means the machine goes into power-saving mode. If that doesn’t do it, I do a bunch of other workarounds:

  • Close any other unused apps or windows I have in the background. You can check Task Manager to see what might be eating up your computer’s processing power.
  • Clear up the drawing file by using the Purge and Overkill commands to delete any unused drawing elements or blocks
  • Play around with hardware acceleration settings
  • Cut my losses and start a new dwg file while only copying any necessary drawing elements from the old file
Answered on June 26, 2020.
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