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How to Change Screen Brightness on an HP Laptop

Updated March 23, 2017

If your HP laptop screen is too bright or too dark for you to use, you can adjust it to your needs. HP laptops make it easy for you to increase or decrease the screen brightness without going through a complicated set-up process. Rather than feeling uncomfortable with the current screen level, adjust your HP laptop brightness using some simple steps.

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  1. Set your screen resolution before adjusting the brightness. To do so, right-click on your Desktop and click on "Properties" to launch the Display Properties dialogue box. If you are using Windows Vista, open "Display Settings" by clicking on the "Start" button, "Control Panel," "Appearance and Personalization," then "Display Settings."

  2. Drag the slider under "Screen Resolution" left or right to select the resolution that you want to use. Click on "Apply" to save the changes then "OK."

  3. Press the "Fn" button located on the lower left corner of your keyboard while pressing the "Reduce Brightness" key. The "Brightness" key has an image of the sun with an arrow facing down. To increase the brightness, press the "Fn" key and the "Increase Brightness" button together. The "Increase Brightness" button has an image of the sun and an arrow pointing up.

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Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.

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