How to Decrease Screen Brightness in Windows 11/10

If you travel a lot with your Windows device, especially under varying lighting conditions, such as switching between your home and office, garden, under bright sunlight, and more; you’d often need to adjust the screen brightness of your computer and knowing how to do so should come in handy. This post will guide you on How to Decrease the Screen Brightness in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Altering the display settings on a Windows computer is a basic task. If your eyes get strained or you feel headaches, the display brightness might be the culprit behind it.

How to Decrease Screen Brightness in Windows 11/10

How to Decrease Screen Brightness in Windows 11/10

Apart from adjusting the brightness manually, Windows also offers quite a few settings, which can automatically decrease the brightness.

  1. Using Keyboard
  2. Using Settings
  3. Via Mobility Center
  4. Via Shortcut
  5. Automatically Adjust Brightness for Battery Life
  6. Adaptive Brightness

Anyone can set this up without any admin permission.

1] Using Keyboard

Adjust Brightness Laptop Keyboard

If you’re on a laptop running Windows 11 or Windows 10, your laptop manufacturer might have set up shortcuts on the keyboard to turn the brightness up and down.

Find the toggle to lower the screen brightness on the keyboard, and press it to activate the command. Do note that some OEMs require a user to press the brightness toggle with the Fn key.

Alternatively, you could also turn the brightness up with a toggle for the same on the keyboard.

2] Using Settings

Adjust Brightness Settings

The Settings panel could help you decrease the brightness of the computer manually. Here’s how to do so:

  • Open the Settings Panel in Windows 11/10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to System -> Display
  • Under Brightness and Color, drag the slider to the left to decrease the brightness and alternatively to the right to increase it.
  • You could see the effect in real-time.

3] Via Mobility Center

Adjust Brightness Mobility Center

The mobility center, accessed by pressing the Win + X key on the keyboard, could decrease your computer’s brightness. Here’s how:

  • Press the Win + X key on the keyboard and choose Mobility Center from the drop-up menu.
  • Under Display Brightness, drag the slider to the left to decrease the brightness, where the extreme left implies the lowest brightness level, and the extreme right implies the highest possible one.

4] via Shortcut

Adjust Brightness Shortcut in Windows

The Notification Panel in Windows 11/10 houses a handy shortcut to either decrease or increase your primary monitor’s brightness. Click on the message icon present at the bottom right corner of the screen and drag the slider within to adjust the brightness.

5] Automatically Adjust Brightness for Battery Life

Adjust Brightness Low Battery in Windows

If you’re running low on battery power, reducing your Windows computer’s brightness levels could help you squeeze out longer battery life. Windows can help you automatically do so when the battery’s running low. Here’s how to set it up:

  • Open the Settings Panel in Windows 11/10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to System -> Battery
  • Here, turn on Battery Saver and check the checkbox stating Lower screen brightness while in battery saver.
  • With this, whenever your battery is running low on power, Windows will trigger the Battery Saver, which will tone down the brightness levels.

6] Adaptive Brightness

If your display output device has a built-in ambient light sensor that could detect the amount of light around you, ideally, then Windows can automatically adjust the brightness levels for your computer based on the stats.

  • Open the Settings Panel  (Win + I)
  • Navigate to System -> Battery
  • Here, if you notice an option stating Change brightness automatically when lighting changes, turn in On.
  • However, if you cannot find a similar option, your display output device might lack the sensor.

That said, how often do you feel the need to adjust the brightness levels on your computer? Let us know by dropping a comment down below.

How Do I Adjust the Brightness on My Laptop Without the Fn Key?

If you find Fn keys to be complex, then the only way out is to use the brightness slider available for laptops. They are not available for regular PCs and when the laptop is in use with a second monitor with the lid down.

Why Is There No Brightness Setting on Windows PC?

If you are using a Desktop, then the brightness setting will be missing. Windows provides special display drivers for laptops which help to reduce brightness and save battery. However, these are not required with desktops or external monitors as they are available with the monitor.

That said, some modern monitors may offer through software implementation. So you may want to check the manual or on the website.

How Do I Adjust the Brightness on Windows Without the Option?

Some external monitors and laptops offer ambient brightness control that can automatically change the brightness level based on the sounding light. The setting is available in the Display section of Windows Settings > System.


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