Depending on the lighting around you, at times, you’ll need to increase or reduce the screen brightness on Windows 10 to make everything more visible or more comfortable so it doesn’t hurt your eyes. In addition, reducing brightness can always save battery when you’re on the go.
On Windows 10, you can change brightness settings of your display manually, automatically depending whether your PC is plugged in or unplugged, or through an ambient sensor.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to increase or reduce brightness manually on your PC’s display using Windows 10.
- Change brightness using Action Center
- Change brightness using Settings
- Lower brightness during battery saver
- Change brightness using Control Panel
- Change brightness on external monitor
Change brightness using Action Center
To change the brightness through Action Center, use the steps:
Open Action Center on Windows 10.Quick tip: You can use the Windows key + A keyboard shortcut, or you can click the Action Center button in the notification area.
Use the brightness slider to increase or decrease the brightness intensity.
Alternatively, on many laptops and desktops, you can simply increase or decrease the brightness directly from the keyboard. Usually, you can do this using one of the functions keys. For example, using the Function key + F11 to reduce or the Function key + F12 keyboard shortcut to increase the brightness.
Change brightness using Settings
To change the brightness intercity from Settings, use these steps:
Click on System.
Click on Display.
Under the “Brightness and color” section, use the slider to change the brightness level of the display.
Also, note that if your laptop or monitor includes a light sensor, you can also check the Change brightness automatically when light changes option, but this will override the manual configuration.
Lower brightness during battery saver
The device can conserve battery by letting Windows 10 lower the brightness automatically while battery saver is enabled.
To lower brightness automatically during battery saver, use these steps:
Click on System.
Click on Battery.
Check the Lower the screen brightness while in battery saver option.
However, it’s important to note that you can only turn on or off the option, as there is no way to adjust the brightness level in battery saver mode.
Change brightness using Control Panel
You can also use Control Panel to manually reduce the screen brightness when your laptop is plugged in or running in battery. (On a desktop PC, you’ll only see the controls to adjust the settings when the device is plugged in.)
To change the screen brightness on Windows 10 with Control Panel, use these steps:
Open Control Panel.
Click on Hardware and Sound.
Click on Power Options.
Click the Change plan settings link of the current power plan that you’re using.
Use the sliders to adjust the plan brightness when your laptop is running on battery or is plugged in.
Click the Save changes button.
After you complete the steps, you only need to remember to adjust these settings again if you ever change the power plan.
Change brightness on external monitor
The above instructions will only work for a laptop desktops with a single monitor. If you have an external monitor, unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t provide a way to adjust brightness for secondary displays.
In the case you have more than one monitor, you’ll need to use the controls available in the display itself to change the brightness settings.
Usually, you’ll find these controls next to the power button of the display, or you’ll need to access the main menu to adjust the brightness, similar to how you would change this setting on a television.