How to Change Brightness on Windows 11 [Step-by-step Guides and Fixes] – NerdsChalk

Screen brightness is an integral part of using modern-day computing devices especially if you spend long hours looking at the screen. It helps you reduce eye strain, improve legibility, and most of all view content easily and effectively.

However, depending on your set up it can sometimes be difficult to manage your brightness, especially on Windows 11 with its new UI changes. If you’re having issues adjusting your brightness, then here are all the ways to manage it on Windows 11. 

How to manage brightness on Windows 11

Single monitor users can use the methods below to adjust their brightness on Windows 11. This includes desktop systems using a single monitor as well as laptops. Let’s get started.

Method 1: Using the Action Center

The action center is the easiest way to access and adjust the brightness on your PC. 

Press Windows + A to launch the action center. You can also click the taskbar icons in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Now click the slider and adjust your screen brightness as needed. 

You will now have adjusted your brightness from the action center.  

Method 2: Using keyboard hotkeys

If you’re using a keyboard with dedicated hotkeys then you can use the same to adjust your brightness. This mostly applies to laptops and third-party keyboards. 

Look for a brightness icon on your keyboard. Most keyboards will have them located in the Function or Fn keys while third-party keyboards might have dedicated keys at the top.

Simply use these keys to adjust your brightness. If you’re a laptop user, you will most likely need to use a combination of the Fn + Brightness key to adjust your brightness. This is because the key will act as a function key unless using the dedicated Fn key as a modifier to use its alternative function. 

If you wish, you can change this behavior on Windows using the Fn Lock function on most keyboards.

The Fn lock is usually activated by Fn + Caps Lock or Fn + Esc. If you have this feature, then you can quickly change the functionality of your Function keys using these combinations.

However, if your keyboard does not have an Fn lock feature then you’ll have to continue using the dedicated key combination on your keyboard to control your brightness. 

Method 3: Using dedicated Monitor controls

If you don’t have access to the brightness slider in your action center then it is likely because you’re using an external monitor.

Unless your external monitor comes with a dedicated driver or utility, Windows has no way of controlling the brightness using in-built utilities. 

In such cases, you will have to use the OSD of your monitor to change and adjust its brightness. Most monitors will use the following terminology for brightness settings in their OSD. 

  • Brightness
  • Backlight
  • Backlight intensity

Note: If your monitor has the option for both Brightness and Backlight, then Backlight will help you adjust the actual brightness of your monitor. The Brightness option instead will adjust the Gamma for your PC display output.

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