How to fix SQL Server Management Studio graphics problem

Some users of SQL Server Management Studio 2012, 2014 & 2016 has reported a strange problem with graphics of SSMS. According to the reports, some icons disappear from interface on mouse over, icons and text overlap on each other, graphics reset on mouse move etc.

Most of these issues are usually due to outdated, bad or incompatible Graphic Driver. Your first attempt to fix SSMS’s graphic issues should start with updating or installing graphic driver. If this does not fix the issue, you can try to disable “Hardware Acceleration”.

Go to Tools menu, select Options and then in General Section, you will find “Visual Experience” section. Here, uncheck following check boxes:

  • Automatically adjust visual experience based on client performance
  • Enable rich client visual experience
  • Use hardware graphics acceleration if available

Disable Hardware Acceleration in SSMS

Press “OK” button and restart SSMS.



You may also like...