Quick Tutorial: How to Adjust OrCAD for High Resolution Displays

December 5, 2022 Team EMA

Due to the high resolution of newer displays, the icons, windows, and menu items in OrCAD may be distorted or hard to read. New in version 22.1 is the ability to quickly adjust the display for OrCAD to improve the visibility when using 4k monitors.

This how-to will provide step-by-step instructions on how to quickly adjust the OrCAD software displayed for better visibility on 4k monitors using environmental variables in Windows.

Step 1: Open OrCAD PCB Designer 22.1 on a high-resolution display. Observe the compressed text and icons. This issue will be resolved throughout this quick how-to. Close PCB Designer.

Step 2: Open the Start menu and search for Environmental Variables. Select Edit the system environment variables to open the app.

Step 3: Select Environment Variables.

Step 4: Under System Variables, select New.

Step 5: Name the variable ALLEGRO_HIGH_DPI_ENABLED and set the value to 1. Click OK.

Step 6: Click OK in the Environment Variables window and the System Properties window. Close the Control Panel.

Step 7: Open OrCAD PCB Designer 22.1 again. The text and icons are now scaled to fit your display.

Quickly adjust how OrCAD is displayed on high resolution monitors to improve visibility using environmental variables in Windows. Learn more about the new features in OrCAD and upgrade your license today to access this and more usability improvements

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