Every few minutes Visual Studio will completely go crazy.

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  • The content of tabs is offset.
  • Code is not drawn at all.
  • Clicking on tabs does nothing.
  • Toolbox windows are also not rendered correctly

Only resizing the window temporarily fixes the issue, but only for a few more minutes and then it corrupts again.


2 Answers 2


When experiencing graphical issues inside of Visual Studio, it can often be attributed to the use of hardware accelerated graphics. Thus, try disabling it.

  1. Go to Tools then Options:

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  2. The setting you're looking for is located in the Environment section:

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  • Good one to know! I've disabled it on mine now, curious to see if it results in less crashes/hangs/frustration.
    – Amicable
    Aug 29, 2012 at 14:34
  • In my case, the issue persists even after disabling hardware acceleration. Disabling the rich client visual experience also doesn't fix it. Aug 31, 2012 at 10:40
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    I can't believe 3 years later and this is still an issue. On my dual monitor setup, I always had redraw issues when dragging it to my DisplayPort monitor. This solved it perfectly.
    – Aaron
    Jun 2, 2015 at 13:33

Referring to @OliverSalzburg's answer; if disabling the hardware rendering fixes this issue for you, perhaps it would be an idea to try updating your graphics drivers.

I had the same issue, and fixed it by updating my graphics drivers. I'm running an AMD Fire Pro. The drivers that Windows update automatically installed caused the issue (version 15.x), updating to the latest version (16.x) fixed it for me.

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