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While Windows 10 provides quick methods to adjust almost every common setting, there’s no quick way to adjust screen brightness unless you have dedicated laptop keys.

But whether you want to improve battery life How to Optimize Windows 10 for Battery Life How to Optimize Windows 10 for Battery Life Battery life is a pretty important factor for mobile devices. While Windows 10 does offer new features to manage power settings, the defaults are not necessarily contributing to optimal battery life. Time to change that. Read More or just want to increase the utility of your Taskbar The Complete Guide to Windows 10 Taskbar Customization The Complete Guide to Windows 10 Taskbar Customization Use this guide to make your Taskbar both more aesthetically pleasing and more useful. We'll show you how to completely customize your Taskbar. Read More , there is an easy way to add a brightness slider: a simple tool called Brightness Slider.

First, visit Brightness Slider’s GitHub page and hit the download link near the bottom of the page. There’s nothing to install, so when you click to open it the program runs right away. You might see a Windows Defender SmartScreen warning What Security Software Should You Be Using in Windows 10? What Security Software Should You Be Using in Windows 10? Despite being bundled with its own security tool, Windows 10 needs additional software to keep your data secure and make your online experiences safe. But which security software should you choose for WIndows 10? Read More that it couldn’t verify the app — click More info and then Run Anyway to launch it.

Once it’s running, you’ll see a little sun icon in your System Tray. If you don’t see it, click the small arrow next to the row of icons to find it. You may prefer to drag it down next to your volume, network, and other icons for easy access.

How to Add a Brightness Slider to the Taskbar in Windows 10 Windows 10 Brightness Slider

Click the sun icon and you’ll get a brightness slider that lets you adjust the brightness to your liking. That’s all there is to it. Note that this app won’t run at startup by default. If you want it always available, right-click the sun icon and click Run at Startup so you don’t have to manually launch it all the time.

Obviously if you’re using a desktop, you don’t have much use for this tool. But for those on laptops and especially tablets, a slider is way more convenient than digging through several menus to adjust brightness.

What’s your preferred method for adjusting brightness? Did this tool help solve a need for you? Tell us if you like it in the comments!

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  1. Joe Lyle
    October 17, 2017 at 3:23 am

    "Unhandled exception has occurred in your application. If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. If you click Quit, the application will close immediately." I clicked Quit.

  2. theguy
    October 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Don't forget about the steps recorder! :(

  3. DragoCubed
    October 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Microsoft really needs to make the brightness buttons in the action centre and battery flyouts a slider!

  4. Hildy J
    October 9, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    While it's not a slider, if you add the Power icon to the taskbar you can cycle the brightness to 0, 25, 50, 75, or 100 by clicking on the Power icon and then the Brightness icon.