How can I reduce LCD brightness on my Windows 7 laptop beyond the default minimum?

Sudeep March 22, 2011

I am currently using Windows 7. Ever since I installed it, the minimum laptop brightness I can reach is about twice as bright as what I could with Windows Vista. Is there an app to reduce the brightness beyond what the Control Panel allows? Volumouse was of no use on my laptop.

  1. CML
    October 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Why did my screen becomes reddish after using DimScreen ? Anyways to fix ? thx :D

    • Anonymous
      March 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

      uninstall video driver and reboot. windows will install a new video driver.

      • Usama Khurram
        March 29, 2012 at 6:02 am

        you always have same process for different issue just to uninstall and reboot.....i just installed new window recently but facing the same issue........

        • ha14
          March 29, 2012 at 7:20 am

          well the process is to check if it is driver issues, such as corrupted. if it is then the only way to solve it is to install a clean driver.

          now if the clean driver do not fix the issues, then can be Bios problem as it can properly detect the keyboard.

          A software that remapped keyboard layer?
          Kayboard hardware problem..

          i think checking the driver is wise

  2. Sethahia
    October 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Hi DIMscreen thanks very much for the support i can now have comfort with my laptop brightness,it worked perfectly as you said
    keep it up.

  3. Sudeep K. Bansi
    March 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    @Hozefa KB: Thanks. I use F.lux, but that isn't exactly what I was looking for.
    @ha14: Thank you so much! I tried DimScreen first; works perfectly.

    • Tina
      March 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you very much for the feedback, Sudeep!

  4. Kebiana
    March 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I like F.lux too, though I don't know if it dims the screen, it does make the colors easier on the eye depending on time of day.

    On my netbook, you can dim the screen by hitting Fn key and hitting the left arrow.

  5. Hozefa KB
    March 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  6. Anonymous
    March 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Monitor Bright
    Its portable, sits on the system tray and also support multiple monitors. (requires .NET 2.0 or higher).

    This application does not require any installation and it runs from the system tray. Another good feature is that you can set hotkeys for dimming the monitor. It can dim the monitor brightness of desktops as well using hotkeys.

    Desktop Lighter


    • Kndwarakanath47
      March 4, 2012 at 1:55 am

      hello friends i am using windows 7 ultimate but my function key my brightness left and right keys are not working what should i do?

      • Anonymous
        March 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

        fn+right arrow/left arrow
        1)uninstall video driver, reboot and let windows to reinstall a new one
        2)if above do not work uninstall your keyboard driver, reboot and let windows reinstall a new driver. you can also check if there is a new driver from the manufacturer.

        1. Open "Device Manager"
        2. Under "Monitors" tree you will see installed monitor, PnP-Monitor (Standard) in my case
        3. Right click in it, and select update driver
        4. Select "Browse my computer for driver software"
        5. Select "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
        6. Keep "Show compatible hardware" checkbox on
        7. Under driver list, you will see "Generic PnP Monitor"
        8. Select that option and Click "Next"

        Windows will install new monitor drivers.

        let me know if it fix the problem

    • Usama Khurram
      March 29, 2012 at 5:58 am

      no guy the default windows on my laptop worked through hotkeys which was UBUNTU but now i install windows 7 and no function key is working now.......can you solve this issue ...

      • ha14
        March 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

        press alt+ctrl+fn

        uninstall keyboard driver, reboot and let windows reinstall a new one.

        check also bios if you have keyboard parameters

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