How to Adjust the Brightness of your Screen: Now and then, you may want to adjust the brightness of your screen. Doing so ensures your comfort when working on your computer. Also, it saves battery power.
Aside from manually changing the screen brightness, you can have Windows change it automatically in a variety of ways. Here are common ways to adjust the brightness and contrast on your computer
How to adjust the brightness or contrast of my Computer
Here are different ways to increase or reduce the brightness of your screen.
1. Adjust Screen brightness using keyboard shortcuts
On some keyboards, there are keys specially designed to help you modify the screen brightness with ease. Like, On an HP Spectre 13t laptop, you can use the F2 and F3 keys to lower or increase the screen brightness.
On Surface Pro devices with type covers, you can use the keyboard shortcut Fn + DEL to increase the brightness and Fn + Backspace to decrease it.
On our Lenovo Legion Y520 laptop with Windows 10, you can press the key combination Fn + F11 to lower the brightness and Fn + F12 to increase it.
These keys and keyboard shortcuts are available on most Windows 10 laptops and tablets. Look for similar keys with the brightness-specific sun icon on them.
Sadly, you don’t get these keys on keyboards for desktop computers, since each monitor has its own settings for controlling brightness, as you can see in the next section.
2. Adjust Screen brightness using the physical buttons of your monitor
While some monitors have dedicated buttons for adjusting brightness (either in front or on one of their edges), for others, you have to look through their specific menus to find the brightness controls. Consult the manual for your display to navigate through its menus and find the appropriate setting.
3. Adjust Screen brightness using the Quick actions
The Quick actions in the Action Center can also be used to change the brightness. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows + A to open the Action Center, revealing a brightness slider at the bottom of the window.
Moving the slider at the bottom of the Action Center left or right changes the brightness of your display.
4. Adjust Screen brightness using the Settings app
You can also use the Settings app to change the brightness level. Open Settings by using the Windows + I keyboard shortcut and click or tap on System.
The System category opens in the Display tab. Use the slider under “Brightness and color” to “Change brightness for the built-in display.“
You can also enable the “Change brightness automatically when lighting changes” option to have your device automatically change the brightness level based on how much light its sensors are measuring in your environment.
5. Adjust Screen brightness using the Windows Mobility Center
The Windows Mobility Center can also be used to modify the brightness of your display. Type mobility in your taskbar’s search field, and then click or tap on “Windows Mobility Center.“
Use the slider under Display brightness to adjust the brightness level.
You can also use the almighty PowerShell to change the brightness of your display. Open PowerShell by typing “powershell” in the taskbar’s search field, and then clicking or tapping on Windows PowerShell.
To change the brightness, enter the following command:
As soon as you press Enter, the brightness is adjusted according to your preferences.
7. Adjust Screen brightness by changing the Power mode
Lowering the screen’s brightness decreases energy consumption and increases the autonomy of your device. For laptops and tablets, Windows 10 has a setting that changes the brightness of your display according to the Power mode that you use. To enable this option, first click or tap on the Power icon in the system tray, on the right side of the taskbar, and then access Battery settings.
In the Battery settings window, scroll down to the Battery saver section. Check the box at the bottom, next to the “Lower screen brightness while in battery saver” option.
This setting automatically dims the screen when your device is trying to save the battery. Click or tap the Power icon in the system tray again, and move the Power mode slider all the way to the left for “Best battery life.“ As long as your device is not plugged in, this should lower the display brightness, thus saving battery.
What method do you prefer to change the brightness of your display?
Knowing how to increase and how to lower the brightness helps you be more productive and focused. A screen that is too bright or too dim can take its toll on your eyes and make you uncomfortable.
Which method do you like best for changing the brightness of your display? Do you know of any others? Comment below and let’s discuss.