I had installed SQL Server Management Studio 2014 and 2016 and the 2016 version had a strange behaviour. I uninstalled it and installed 2017, but it had the same behaviour. What happens is that some icons disappear when I do a mouse over and then reappear when I do it again. Sometimes the query box view gets corrupted with another image:

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I've tried updating the drivers (nVidia GTX960 from MSI and nVidia), updating the SSMS and changing compatibility configuration for high DPI to no avail.

What more can I do? Thanks for your time.


I would recommend you try turning off hardware acceleration to help rule out driver issues. If you go to Tools -> Options... then in the General section there is a Visual Experience section.

SSMS Options

Please untick all three boxes and see if it makes a difference.

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    Had the same issue and a mate suggested doing the above. Anyone can explain WHY it happens ?
    – Noctis
    Oct 26 '18 at 4:45
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    Fixed an issue where clicking on tabs did not refresh the tab contents but displayed whatever was on the last tab displayed. Strangely, using the ctrl-tab keyboard shortcut to switch tabs did always refresh the tab contents. (SSMS v18.0; 15.0.18118.0)
    – leqid
    May 3 '19 at 18:57
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    Had same issue with my new MSI (GTX 1050Ti) laptop and this fixed it.
    – james2code
    Jun 1 '19 at 14:45
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    Had same issue, was driving me nuts. This fixed it. Kudos
    – ransems
    Jul 23 '19 at 16:19
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    The "use hardware graphics..." option was causing the issue for me. Aug 6 '19 at 19:04

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