How to Make My Laptop Screen Dimmer

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Laptop monitors can be adjusted to be dimmer than the factory setting. There are a number of reasons that someone may want to do this. A dimmer screen saves power, especially battery power. Some people are also sensitive to light and may need a dimmer screen to reduce headaches or eyestrain. The brightness is easily adjusted and can be changed back at any time. Share this information with anyone else who uses the laptop so that it can be changed to meet any other needs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Dimming the Screen Using the Brightness Key

  1. 1

    Look on the keyboard for the function buttons. Find the one with the brightness icon. It will look like a sun with an arrow next to it.

  2. 2

    Hold down the "fn" key and press the brightness key with the down arrow.

  3. 3

    Adjust to the preferred setting using the brightness keys until the desired result is achieved.

    Dimming the Screen With Windows Power Options

  1. 1

    Click on "Start" and select "Control Panel." Go to "System and Maintenance" or "Performance and Maintenance" and choose "Power Options."

  2. 2

    Select the power plan that you prefer by clicking on the radio button. Click on "Change Plan Settings" under the plan you choose.

  3. 3

    Adjust the brightness by sliding the bar towards the left. Choose a brightness level for both battery and AC adaptor power.

  4. 4

    Click on "Save Change" to view the new screen brightness level. Repeat the process until you achieve the level of light that you desire. Close the power setting window when finished.

Tips and warnings

  • Not all laptops will have a brightness key, and this does not differentiate between battery or adaptor power.

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