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Add a Slider to Change Your Display Brightness in Windows 10

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Windows 10 aims to make your system easier to manage, but there are still some things that are done best by a third-party utility.

Microsoft is currently moving all system setting from the classic Control Panel to its new Settings app in Windows 10. With each new release, you’re finding more and more system configuration settings end up there. And while that is making some settings easier to access, currently there isn’t a simple way to manage the brightness of your display.

Set Display Brightness with Action Center

To change the brightness level on your laptop, you can open Action Center and click the Brightness button, but it will adjust it in increments of 25 percent which is clunky and doesn’t give you precision control. If you want precise control, you can right-click the Brightness button and select Go to Settings.

Action Center Brightness

There you have access to a slider for adjusting the brightness of your display.

Windows 10 Settings Display Brightness

Add Brightness Slider to Windows 10

Download the free utility called Brightness Slider from GitHub. This adds a brightness slider icon to the tray for easy access. It’s a lightweight app with nothing to install and you can run it from a flash drive or network location. Just double-click the executable to open the program straight away. Click on it to adjust the brightness level of your display to what works best for you.

Bright Slider Windows 10

Right-click on it to close out of it or have it run during startup so it’s always there if you use it a lot. In fact, reducing screen brightness is an easy way to save battery power on your laptop.

While Microsoft continues to add new features in Windows 10, and there is less of a need for installing extra software, addressing simple needs like this are still best solved by third-party apps like Brightness Slider. Instead of having to click through a long list of different screens to get to a setting, this makes it much easier. I know, first-world problems, right?

Do you find this a handy utility to have on your Windows 10 laptop? What are some of your favorite free utilities that address a specific need for Windows? Let us know in the comment section below or join us for all things Microsoft in the Windows 10 Forums.


8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Detlef Pelz  

    Doesn’t work with my Windows 10 Pro, Version 1709, OS Build 16299.98.

    • Ron Lund  

      I seriously doubt that it would work with any version of Windows Pro. Microsoft left out that option in Pro. Who in the world knows why??

  2. Terry Burdette  

    This product will not install. I keep getting this message: Unhandled exception has occurred in your application

  3. Ron Lund  

    Yep! I was going to look into trying this, but I have 5 computers. Of which, 4 have windows pro installed. None of those computers have the ability to control the screen brightness. The only one that does is #5, which has windows home on it. I do not understand MS’s thinking here. Why they left out the screen brightness slider in Pro is beyond me.

  4. kgbme  

    Their GitHub page says: “tested on win10 build 10240 x64”, which means that it’s *ancient*

  5. Detlef Pelz  

    Regardless, it’s a neat idea. Kudos to its creator.

  6. Deborah  

    I just installed it on my desktop computer and it is exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks for the tip!

  7. SZ939  

    Yeah, too bad it is entirely useless on Windows 10 Pro, ANY Version, and I am currently now on 64 bit 1709. If it gets fixed, I would love to have it work!

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