How to manually reset AutoCAD to the default setting

If your AutoCAD is affected by errors or bugs then you can manually reset AutoCAD to the default setting. But before trying manual reset I would suggest you try the simpler methods as mentioned in the related article below.

Related: Troubleshooting AutoCAD errors with these tips

In most of the cases these tips can solve the issues but if AutoCAD still ceases to work properly then you can try doing a manual reset which will revert it back to the factory settings.

This method requires you to have administrator privileges as we will make changes in windows registry. Make sure you have closed all instances of Autodesk software before making these changes.

Manual AutoCAD Reset

Press window +R key then type REGEDIT in RUN window and press enter to open the registry editor window. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER from the file tree on left then expand Software then Autodesk then AutoCAD then R20.0 or R21.0 whichever is there on the list.

Now select folder ACAD-E001:409 right-click on it and select Export from the contextual menu. Specify a location for saving the registry value and save it. Now right click again on ACAD-0001:409 folder and select delete from the contextual menu and close registry editor window.

reset AutoCAD to the default setting

Make all hidden folders visible using windows explorer, in windows 10 you can make it visible by checking the Hidden items box from View tab of File Explorer as shown in the image below.

Go to C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk and rename AutoCAD 20XX folder to AutoCAD 20XX.old.

Go to C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Autodesk folder and here again rename AutoCAD 20XX folder to AutoCAD 20XX.old.

In the file path mentioned above <user name> will be the username assigned to your PC for example in my case username is Jaiprakash on my PC. Also, the 20XX is the version of AutoCAD software in my case it was 2017.

When all of these changes are done launch AutoCAD software and it will open in out of the box condition and without any errors (at least in most of the cases!).

Reverting to old AutoCAD

If somehow this does not work for your version of AutoCAD then you can revert AutoCAD installation to the previous condition. Double click on the registry file saved in the example above and rename AutoCAD 20XX.old folders to AutoCAD 20XX and then launch AutoCAD again.

Do you have questions related to this tip? Let us know in the comments below.

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I am a mechanical engineer and I have worked with Design, Manufacturing and Training industries but now SourceCAD is my full-time work and I use it to train students all over the world. I also train corporate clients and help them develop the skill set of their workforce. I am Autodesk AutoCAD Certified Professional and an Autodesk expert elite member. I am a regular contributor of AUGI World magazine and apart from SourceCAD I also develop AutoCAD video courses for Pluralsight and other E-Learning businesses.


  1. dhanveer November 19, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    how to kill all autocad process for reset

  2. tigi April 26, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    i cant move come lines or edit or even after i created new line or any thing, some how it also have the same property as the existing lines. i dont remember the name but there used to appear some boxes when ever i draw a line too but i turned most of it off and after that my file is not functioning well. can you help me?
    thank you

  3. Amanjot Singh March 14, 2018 at 2:33 am - Reply

    my spacebar key is not working properly like if i select any object then press M and spacebar it will take 0,0 origin as a base point. same thing with the copy rotate and other command as well. everything works alright if use enter instead spacebar. my speed is dependent on spacebar

  4. Harold January 16, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I’m getting a blue symbol next to my cursor whenever it is over a line. it is a vertical line with a shaded square on top and a open square on bottom opposite. what is this?

    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      It is called selection cycling marker and it helps in making the selection of overlapping objects.

  5. mahender May 18, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    auto cad 3dconfig

  6. khans May 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Hi , by mistake I close the toolbar which comes just to right click on top empty area and press close on top toolbar area.
    pls help me how to get it back.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey June 2, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Are you talking about quick access toolbar?

  7. ali May 19, 2016 at 12:21 am - Reply really worked.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 21, 2017 at 2:39 am - Reply

      Welcome Ali

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