How to Change or Adjust Windows Display Brightness (Windows 11/10)

Spending a lot of time in front of your PC’s screen could have a devastating effect on your eyes; reducing or increasing your PC screen’s brightness may help in reducing the impact. Decreasing the screen’s brightness will also help in saving the battery’s power on Laptops. In this post, I will guide you on how to adjust or change Windows 10 screen brightness on Windows 10.

How to Change or Adjust Windows Display Brightness (Windows 11/10)

While there are multiple methods one could follow to adjust the PC screen’s brightness on Windows, they are majorly categorized into two—Manually and  Automatically. It applies to both Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Manually Change or Adjust Screen Brightness in Windows

There are many ways of adjusting the screen’s brightness manually, including some options to adjust it from settings, action center, and more. Here’s the list of all methods we will be following to adjust the screen brightness manually:

  1. Settings
  2. Windows Mobility Center
  3. Action Center
  4. Keyboard Shortcuts

1] Settings

Adjust Brightness Tool Settings

Open Settings on Windows 10 and navigate to System> Display. Under the Brightness and Color Menu, move the slider to the left to make it dimmer, or move it to the right to make it brighter. In case you are using an external monitor, you’ll have to use the buttons on the monitor to change the brightness.

2] Windows Mobility Center

How to Adjust Screen Brightness on Windows 10 using Mobility Center

Adjusting the brightness could also be done via the Windows Mobility Center. To pull up the Mobility Center, either press Windows + X key, select Mobility Center, or search for Mobility Center in the Start Menu and select the main listed result. From there, under the Display Brightness slide, the slider is according to your preference.

3] Action Center

Change Brightness Action Center

With Windows 10, the Action Center made a lot of things much more comfortable to control. One could also adjust the screen brightness; here’s how; firstly, pull up the Action Center, and at the bottom, you’ll find the brightness slider, now slide and adjust it accordingly.

4] Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the easiest ways to adjust brightness on a Windows 10 PC would be using keyboard shortcuts, but different companies use different keyboard styles and keys to adjust brightness. Nowadays, there is a marking on the keyboard for brightness, volume up, and down. So you could press the Fn+ Brightness Key to adjust the brightness.

Related Read: Tips to improve Battery Life in Windows 10 Laptops

Automatically Change or Adjust Screen Brightness in Windows 10

Don’t you feel like adjusting the brightness manually all the time? You could set it to change automatically as well. Here’s the list of all methods we will be following to Adjust the Screen Brightness Automatically:

  1. Adjust According to Battery
  2. Create a Power Plan
  3. Turn on Adaptive Brightness

1] Adjust According to Battery

Automatically Change Brightness Settings

Screen brightness could significantly impact Laptop’s battery life; the higher the brightness, the higher the battery drain. If you are running low on battery, keeping the brightness down could help in extending the battery life. So here’s how you can make your Windows 10 PC’s screen brightness go down automatically on low power:

  • In the Start Menu, search for Battery Saver Settings and select the main listed result.
  • Under the Battery Saver Menu, turn on the option for Turn Battery Saver On Automatically when Battery Falls Below,
  • Adjust the battery percentage accordingly.

2] Adjust According to Power Plan

Changing the screen brightness based on whether the device is plugged in or battery power seems to be a good option. Here’s how: Head over to the Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options> Change plan settings. Adjust the Power Plan setting as per your preference and click on Save.

3] Adaptive Brightness

If your device does have a brightness sensor, you could set it up to make changes to the brightness levels based on the surroundings. So here’s how you could set it up if you have the sensor to switch between Power Modes quickly.

  • Open Run prompt (Win +R)  and type Control followed but press the Enter key to open Control Panel.
  • Navigate to Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings.
  • Expand Display > Enable adaptive brightness and set it on for On battery and Plugged in based on your preference.

Related Read: Automatically change the brightness of your monitor as the day passes

I hope the post was helpful, and you were able to learn how to Adjust Screen Brightness on Windows 10. With that said, what do you prefer to adjust the brightness manually or automatically? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Why Can I No Longer Adjust Brightness in Windows?

If you’re connected to an external display with the lid closed on a laptop, utilizing the external monitor as a primary display, Windows may not let you adjust the brightness. To solve this, try opening the laptop lid and adjusting the brightness.

How Do I Use the Fn Key for Brightness? How Do I Enable Fn Keys?

You may have a dedicated Fn Lock key on your keyboard with a lock icon on some keyboards. However, if you don’t, you could enable the Fn keys by pressing the Fn key and then an Fn Lock key. As for how to use the Fn keys for brightness, press the Fn keys with the brightness up or down keys to adjust the brightness.

How Do I Turn Off Auto-Brightness on Windows?

If your computer has an auto-brightness sensor, head to Control Panel > Power Options > choose Change Plan Settings and select Change advanced power settings. It will open up the Advanced Power Options window, where you will have to scroll down, find and expand the Display section and turn off the option for Adaptive Brightness.

Yash Jain
A long-standing Windows fan, Photographer, and Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Smartphones and Technology.


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