Display Tab (Options Dialog Box)
Quick Reference

Customizes the display.

List of Options

The following options are displayed.

Window Elements

Controls display settings specific to the drawing environment.

Color scheme

Controls color settings in a dark or light color for elements such as the status bar, title bar, ribbon bar, and the application menu frame.

Display Scroll Bars in Drawing Window

Displays scroll bars at the bottom and right sides of the drawing area.

Display Drawing Status Bar

Displays the drawing status bar, which displays several tools for scaling annotations.

When the drawing status bar is turned on it displays at the bottom of the drawing area. When the drawing status bar is turned off, the tools found on the drawing status bar are moved to the application status bar.

Display Screen Menu

Displays the screen menu on the right side of the drawing area. The screen menu font is controlled by the Windows system font settings. If you use the screen menu, you should set the Windows system font setting to a font and font size that fits the screen menu size restrictions.

(SCREENMENU system variable)

Use Large Buttons for Toolbars

Displays buttons in a larger format at 32 by 32 pixels.

Show Tooltips

Controls the display of tooltips on the ribbon, toolbars, and other user interface elements.

(TOOLTIPS system variable)

Show shortcut keys in Tooltips

Displays shortcut keys in the tooltip (Alt + Key) (Ctrl + Key).

Show extended Tooltips

Controls the display of extended tooltips.

Number of seconds to delay

Sets the delay time between the display of basic tooltips and extended tooltips.

Show rollover Tooltips

Controls the display of rollover tooltips in the application.

(ROLLOVERTIPS system variable)


Displays the Color Options dialog box. Use this dialog box to specify colors of elements in the main application window.


Displays the Command Line Window Font dialog box. Use this dialog box to specify the font for the command window text.

Layout Elements

Controls options for existing and new layouts. A layout is a paper space environment in which you can set up drawings for plotting.

Display Layout and Model Tabs

Displays the layout and Model tabs at the bottom of the drawing area. When this option is cleared, the tabs are replaced by buttons on the status bar.

Display Printable Area

Displays printable area in a layout. The printable area is represented by the area within the dashed line and is determined by the selected output device. Objects drawn outside of the printable area are clipped or omitted when the drawing is plotted.

Display Paper Background

Displays a representation of the specified paper size in a layout. The paper size and plot scale determine the size of the paper background.

Display Paper Shadow

Displays shadow around the paper background in layout. This option is unavailable if the Display Paper Background option is cleared.

Show Page Setup Manager for New Layouts

Displays the Page Setup Manager the first time you click a layout tab. Use this dialog box to set options related to paper and plot settings.

Create Viewport in New Layouts

Creates a single viewport automatically when you create a new layout.

Crosshair Size

(CURSORSIZE system variable)

Display Resolution

Controls the quality of the display of objects. If you set high values to improve display quality, the impact on performance is significant.

Arc and Circle Smoothness

Sets the resolution for objects in the current viewport.

(VIEWRES command)

Segments in a Polyline Curve

Sets the number of line segments to be generated for each spline-fit polyline generated by the Spline option of the PEDIT command.

(SPLINESEGS system variable)

Rendered Object Smoothness

(FACETRES system variable)

Contour Lines per Surface

Specifies the number of contour lines per surface on objects.

(ISOLINES system variable)

Display Performance

Controls display settings that affect performance.

Pan and Zoom with Raster and OLE

(RTDISPLAY system variable)

If dragging display is turned on and you select Pan and Zoom with Raster and OLE, a copy of the object moves with the cursor as you reposition the original. (DRAGMODE system variable)

Highlight Raster Image Frame Only

Controls whether the entire raster image or only the raster image frame is highlighted.

(IMAGEHLT system variable)

Apply Solid Fill

Specifies whether hatches and fills, 2D solids, and wide polylines are filled in.

(FILLMODE system variable)

Show Text Boundary Frame Only

Controls how text is displayed.

(QTEXTMODE system variable)

Draw True Silhouettes for Solids and Surfaces

Controls display of silhouette edges of 3D solid objects in a 2D Wireframe or 3D Wireframe visual style.

(DISPSILH system variable)

Fade Control

Controls the fading intensity value for DWG xrefs and reference editing.

Xref Display

Controls the dimming for all DWG xref objects.

(XDWGFADECTL system variable)

This option only affects the display on the screen. It does not affect plotting or plot preview.

In-place Edit and Annotative Representations

Specifies the fading intensity value for objects during in-place reference editing. Objects that are not being edited are displayed at a lesser intensity. (XFADECTL system variable)

With in-place reference editing, you can edit a block reference or external reference from within the current drawing. The valid range is 0 through 90 percent.