3 Easy Ways to Adjust Brightness in Windows 10

Joel Lee 03-11-2016

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Note that if your screen brightness is changing on its own, it may be due to the Adaptive Brightness feature in Windows 10 How to Toggle Adaptive Brightness in Windows 10 Adaptive brightness is a Windows 10 feature that's more useful than you might think. Here's how to turn if on or off and why you might want to. Read More . Toggle that off before you change your brightness, otherwise it will be for naught.


Method 1: Power Options

Launch the Power Options by opening the Start Menu and searching for “Power Options”. Down at the bottom, use the Screen brightness slider to adjust accordingly.

To get more granularity, you can click on Change plan settings next to your currently selected plan, then click on Change advanced power settings. Open the Display submenu, then open the Display brightness submenu, then click the percentage to type in a straight number.

Method 2: The Settings App

Launch the Settings app by opening the Start Menu and searching for “Settings”. Navigate to System > Display > Adjust brightness level and use the slider to adjust accordingly.


Method 3: The Notification Center

Press Windows key + A and you should see a Brightness tile at the bottom of the Notification Center. Just click on it to change your brightness 10% at a time.

If you don’t see the Brightness tile, you might have to turn it on. You can do this by opening the Settings app and navigating to System > Notification & actions > Add or remove quick actions.

Bonus: Keyboard Hotkeys

If you’re on a laptop or you have a keyboard with media keys, you might also have special keys designated for screen brightness. If they don’t work, you might have to hold down the Function key (Fn) while pressing them.

Lastly, regardless of how dark or bright your screen is, you should be using an app like F.lux to filter out blue light Can F.lux and Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Excessive use of computers, tablets, and smartphones can lead to deteriorated sleep quality -- but do apps like F.lux and Night Shift really counteract those effects? The science is pretty clear on this. Read More . This can help with screen-induced insomnia!

Did this help? Let us know in the comments! And if you have questions, feel free to ask.

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  1. Hildy J
    November 3, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    If you have the battery icon displayed on the taskbar, clicking it will also bring up the brightness tile, although it changes in 25% chunks.