How Do I Turn Off RealView Graphics in SolidWorks?

Are you tired of the RealView graphics mode in SolidWorks? Do you find it distracting or simply prefer a different visual style?

If so, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to turn off RealView graphics in SolidWorks. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Opening SolidWorks Options

To begin, we need to access the SolidWorks Options menu. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  • Click on the ‘Tools’ menu at the top of the screen.
  • Select ‘Options’ from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Accessing Performance Options

Now that we have opened the Options menu, it’s time to navigate to the Performance options. Here’s how:

  • In the Options window, you will see a list of categories on the left-hand side.
  • Click on ‘Performance’ to access the performance settings.

Step 3: Disabling RealView Graphics

We are now ready to turn off RealView graphics. Simply follow these instructions:

  • In the Performance options, locate and click on ‘Use software OpenGL’.
  • This will disable hardware acceleration and consequently disable RealView graphics mode in SolidWorks.


If your computer does not meet the minimum requirements for hardware acceleration or if you are experiencing issues with RealView graphics, using software OpenGL can provide a smoother experience.

Step 4: Applying Changes

Now that we have made the necessary changes to disable RealView graphics, it’s time to apply them:

  • Click on ‘OK’ to save and apply the changes.

Step 5: Restart SolidWorks

Lastly, to ensure that the changes take effect, it is recommended to restart SolidWorks. Simply close the application and open it again.


If you have any unsaved work, make sure to save it before closing SolidWorks.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned off RealView graphics in SolidWorks. Now you can enjoy a different visual experience or troubleshoot any issues related to RealView graphics mode.

Remember, you can always revisit the SolidWorks Options menu and re-enable RealView graphics by unchecking the ‘Use software OpenGL’ option if desired.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of disabling RealView graphics in SolidWorks. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to consult the official SolidWorks documentation or reach out to their support team.