Tip to resolve Solidworks screen flickering issue
Tips and Tricks • Jeeno Chandrasekaran • 1 June 2022
Is your SOLIDWORKS session cascading in upon itself and leaving you dizzy, no longer sure which way is positive Z? Or, maybe the text in your feature tree has shrunk down to the point of being illegible. Most likely, you are suffering from mishandled DPI Scaling settings.
Figure 1: Screen Duplication Example
What is happening?
If you’re running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, in combination with a 4k external display, the OS will attempt to automatically choose an appropriate scaling setting for the display. Often, users will want to make adjustments to those settings to fit their desired layout. To enlarge text
and other UI elements, DPI scaling is usually set globally in the Display settings found in the Windows Control Panel.
However, this can lead to blurry text and other oddities in applications that do not work well with the global scaling settings.
To resolve this issue and bring SOLIDWORKS back into the waking world, follow the steps below.
How do we fix this?
Browse using Windows Explorer to find the SOLIDWORKS Executable file (SLDWORKS.exe).
- By default, this is located in C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS 20XX\SOLIDWORKS (where XX represents the year) or in C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS
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