If you find yourself squinting at your computer screen or experiencing headaches after staring at a bright work screen for too long, it’s time to consider dialing down the brightness. You’ve probably been using the same monitor brightness setting for years without a second thought. But what if you could make your monitor brighter or dimmer to improve your viewing experience?
So whether you’re working in a bright office or trying to watch a movie in a dark room, here’s how to change your monitor brightness, regardless of what type of monitor you have. Read on for some tips!
Let’s get started!
7 Different Ways to Adjust Brightness on Your Windows
There are a few different ways to adjust the brightness on your Windows 10 or 11 PC. Here’s a look at some of the most popular methods:
Method 1: Changing the Brightness in Windows 10/11 Setting
You can control the brightness in Windows 10/11 by going to Settings.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Hold down the Windows key and press I to open Settings.
- Select “Display” from the menu.
- The Brightness slider is located below Brightness and Color. Moving to the left will dim the screen, and moving to the right will brighten it.
Is Slider not Working?
1- There are two reasons why the slider might not work. When using an external monitor, you can adjust the brightness with the buttons.
2- If the monitor is not updated, you will need to update the driver. Ensure that you’re using the latest drivers for your monitor or display.
Method 2: Adjust Brightness With Monitor-Button
If you find that the brightness on your best monitor is too low or too high, you can use the buttons on the monitor to adjust it. Most monitors will have a button that says “brightness” or “backlight.” Pressing this button will usually increase or decrease the brightness. You may need to press the button multiple times to get the brightness to your desired level.
If your monitor does not have a button for adjusting the brightness, you can usually find this option in the menu when you press the “menu” button on the monitor. Once you have found the brightness setting in the menu, you can use the plus and minus buttons to adjust the level.
If you are still having trouble adjusting the brightness, you can try using your computer’s keyboard buttons. Many keyboards have a key that says “bright” or “brightness.” Pressing this key will usually increase or decrease the brightness of your curved monitor.
Method 3: Use Windows Mobility Center to Change Monitor Brightness
If you want to adjust the brightness of your screen, you can do so through the Windows Mobility Center. To access the Windows Mobility Center, press the Windows key + X on your keyboard or right-click on the Start button and select “Mobility Center” from the menu.
Once you’re in the Windows Mobility Center, you can use the slider under “Brightness” to adjust the brightness of your screen.
Method 4: Change the brightness in the Display Driver
You can change monitor brightness from the control panel of your display driver manufacturer. These include the NVIDIA Control Panel and the Intel Graphics Control Panel. Depending on what graphics card you have, you will be able to choose which one to use. You may want to check out the best monitors for 3070 graphics cards.
(i) Intel Graphics Control Panel
If you need to adjust your screen brightness, you can do so through the Intel Graphics Control Panel. Search for it in the Windows search bar to access the control panel.
- Once you have opened the control panel, navigate to the Display settings.
- Click color settings.
- Simply move the slider to the left or right to increase or decrease the brightness.
- Hit the “Apply” button to save your changes when you are finished.
(ii) NVIDIA Control Panel
If you’re using a laptop with an NVIDIA graphics card, you may be able to adjust the screen brightness through the NVIDIA Control Panel. To do this,
- Open the Control Panel and go to “Display.”
- Just click Adjust desktop color settings.
- In the dropdown menu that appears below, choose how the color is set; you can choose to Use NVIDIA settings.
- With the slider, you can adjust the brightness.
It can be helpful if you need to conserve battery power or if you want to make the screen a little dimmer or brighter.
Method 5: Adjust Brightness Automatically To Save Battery
Your battery will last longer if you lower your brightness. Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows 11 have features to conserve battery life, such as automatically reducing brightness and limiting notification activity when using a triple monitor setup.
Here’s how to do it:
- To open Settings, press Windows key + I. Select the System option.
- Choose either Battery or Power & Battery, depending on the version of Windows you are using.
- If you are using Windows 10, choose Battery saver, or if you are using Windows 11, select Battery saver.
- Choose your desired value from the Turn battery saver on automatically at dropdown.
- When using the battery saver, lower the brightness.
By turning On the Battery saver toggle, you can also manually enable the battery saver.
Method 6: Keyboard Keys to Adjust Brightness on a PC
You might be able to adjust your computer’s brightness using the shortcuts on the main keyboard. It’ll probably work on a laptop too. Look at your function keys – a sun icon usually represents brightness. You can use this to increase your productivity on your keyboard.
Depending on your keyboard model, you will need to use a specific key combination. The Fn key may need to be held down or activated, then pressed along with the corresponding function key.
Method 7: Brightness can be Changed in the Command Prompt
You can use Command Prompt to adjust your brightness if you want. If the other methods listed here are not available, you can use this.
Open the Command Prompt by searching for cmd in the system search. Type the following:
Powershell (Get-WmiObject -Namespace root/WMI -Class WmiMonitorBrightnessMethods).WmiSetBrightness(1,100)
If you want the brightness to be different from 100, change 100 to whatever percent you desire, and then press Enter to send the command.
Changing your monitor’s brightness is a pretty simple process, whether through the monitor itself or your computer’s settings. Just make sure that you don’t make the change too drastic – you don’t want to strain your eyes!
We hope this guide has helped you change your monitor brightness in minutes! If you have any other questions or tips, please leave us a comment below.