How Do I Turn Off PDF Frames in AutoCAD?

If you are working with AutoCAD and dealing with PDF files, you may have noticed that by default, AutoCAD displays frames around your PDFs. These frames can sometimes be distracting and can make it difficult to focus on the actual content of the PDF.

Fortunately, there is a way to turn off these PDF frames in AutoCAD. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step-by-step.

Step 1: Accessing the Options Menu

To turn off the PDF frames in AutoCAD, you first need to access the Options menu. You can do this by clicking on the “Application” menu in the top-left corner of the AutoCAD interface and selecting “Options” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Navigating to the Display tab

Once you have accessed the Options menu, a window will appear with several tabs. Click on the “Display” tab to proceed.

Step 3: Finding the “PDF Underlay Frames” option

In the Display tab, you will find a list of options related to various display settings in AutoCAD. Scroll down until you find an option labeled “PDF Underlay Frames.” This is the option that controls whether or not frames are displayed around your PDFs.

Step 4: Turning off PDF frames

To turn off the PDF frames, simply uncheck the box next to “PDF Underlay Frames.” Once unchecked, click on the “Apply” button at the bottom right corner of the Options window to save your changes.

  • Note: If there are already open documents with PDFs in your AutoCAD session, you may need to close and reopen them for changes to take effect.

Step 5: Verifying the changes

To verify that the PDF frames have been successfully turned off, open a PDF file in AutoCAD or create a new one. You should now see that the frames are no longer visible around the PDF.


By following these simple steps, you can easily turn off the PDF frames in AutoCAD, allowing you to focus on your work without any distractions. Remember, if you ever need to turn the frames back on, simply follow the same steps and check the box next to “PDF Underlay Frames” in the Options menu.

Additional Tips

  • If you frequently work with PDFs in AutoCAD, it might be useful to remember these steps or bookmark this tutorial for future reference.
  • If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you can access the Options menu by typing “OP” and pressing Enter in AutoCAD’s command line.

We hope this tutorial has helped you customize your AutoCAD experience. Happy designing!