[Solution] How to Fix Blurry Text, Menus, and UI in Autodesk Fusion 360 (Windows PC Scaling Issue)
Solution! How to fix a blurry user interface (UI), menus, and text on Autodesk Fusion 360 on Windows! Do the menu options, toolbar, icons and other elements of the Fusion 360 program appear a little blurry, pixelated or fuzzy? Are you using a large or high resolution monitor, such as a 1440p or 4K display? Or maybe you (also) have Windows display scaling turned on? This happens in Windows 10 as well as Windows 11 and Windows 7 and 8. These steps will show you how to resolve the problem permanently in just a few seconds!
Description of the Problem: Blurry Text, Icons, Menus, Toolbar, Buttons in Autodesk Fusion 360
I ran into this issue a couple years ago – the text and menus in the Fusion 360 interface (UI) were all slightly blurry, especially the toolbar, icons, and menu options at the top. The program was still legible and usable, but just didn’t look right. Just bad enough to think my eyes might be going bad!
I noticed this when I first launched Autodesk Fusion 360 on my Windows 10 PC going as far back as 2018 when I wanted to learn the program to design 3d prints. The issue still persisted in 2022 even with Windows and Fusion 360 freshly updated. Most likely the issue is due to using Windows scaling on my 1440p monitor. Windows scaling needed to be turned on because the menus and toolbars of many programs ended up appearing too small on the high resolution monitor. The issue most likely occurs for many (maybe all?) users with a high definition / high resolution monitor (1440p, 2k, 4k, 8k) who are using Windows display scaling such as 125%, 150%, 200%, etc. It doesn’t seem to be an issue on Mac computers as far as I can tell.
The issue is caused by some sort of glitch between Fusion 360 and Windows. Windows’ built in screen scaling is not being applied properly in Fusion 360. Strangely, this is one of the only programs that seems to still have this issue. Scaling and resolution issues like this used to be more common years ago, but are now growing more and more rare.
How to Fix Blurry Text, Icons, and Menus In Autodesk Fusion 360:
Quick 7 step solution on how to fix blurry icons in the toolbar and fuzzy text in the menus of Autodesk Fusion 360: This is an easy fix that should only take about one minute!
Step 1: Right Click on the Shortcut or .exe for Autodesk Fusion 360 and click Properties
- If your shortcut is in the Windows Start menu, you may need to click More > Open File Location. Then right click on the shortcut in the folder that will pop up and select Properties.
Step 2: Click on the Compatibility Tab at the top, then click “Run compatibility troubleshooter”
Step 3: Click on Troubleshoot Program
You could try “use recommended settings” first to see if Windows can fix it automatically, but that didn’t work for me. The rest of the steps I list only take 30 seconds to complete anyway.
Step 4: Check / Select the following TWO options, then click Next
- “The program opens but doesn’t display correctly”
- “I don’t see my problem listed”
Step 5: Select “Program does not display properly when large scale font settings are selected” then click Next
Step 6: After you clicked next in Step 4, you should be shown the following window which says “Settings Applied to FusionLauncher: Display Settings: Scaling on high DPI.” This is the fix you want. Click the “Test the program…” button to verify the fix is now working. It will launch Fusion 360.
Step 7: After Fusion 360 launches and you verify the blurry text is now fixed, close Fusion 360. Then back in the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter, click Next, then click “Yes, save these settings for this program.”
Your Autodesk 360 blurry text and menus issue is now solved! You should see a noticeable improvement in the clarity and sharpness of the text, menus, buttons, and other UI/UX interface elements in Autodesk Fusion 360. No more headaches from staring at blurry text.
Need more help? Still have blurry menus, icons, text or font scaling issues in Autodesk Fusion 360?
Here are several alternative things to try if the above steps don’t work for you:
- Run the compatibility troubleshooter again, and select the option at the start for “Try Recommended Settings.” This may or may not work (it didn’t for me) but it is worth a try.
- Make sure your monitor is set to its native resolution in the Windows display settings
- Turn OFF Windows Scaling (Right Click the Windows Desktop in a blank space, Select “Display Settings” and under the “Scale and Layout” heading select 100%
- Try different Graphics settings in the Autodesk Fusion 360 Preferences: In the upper right of the program, click on the icon of the head/profile, then click Preferences. Under General, for Graphics Driver try a different option such as Direct X 11. Try restarting the program after changing each time to see if it helps.
- Post a comment below with a description of your problem and what you’ve tried and we may be able to find a solution together!
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