How to Adjust Brightness in Windows 11

Is your display brightness too high or low? Here are a couple of easy ways to adjust brightness in Windows 11 in simple and easy steps.

It is not frequent, but there will be times when you need to adjust the display brightness of your external or built-in display, like your laptop. For instance, if you are indoors, lowering the monitor brightness will reduce eye strain and overall light emission from the screen. As an added benefit, your power bill will decrease too. On the other hand, you might want to boost the display brightness when outdoors to see better. You can strain your eyes too much without changing the brightness to match outdoor lighting.

The good thing is that it is pretty easy to adjust brightness in Windows 11. It takes to drag a slider, and you are good to go. Alternatively, you can use commands or third-party Windows software to change the brightness in Windows 11.

So, without further ado, let me show you easy ways to adjust display brightness in Windows 11 operating system.

Table of contents:

  1. Use Quick Settings to adjust the brightness
  2. Change brightness from Settings
  3. Command to adjust display brightness
  4. Change brightness from Nvidia Control Panel
  5. Change brightness from AMD Radeon Settings
  6. Use Intel Graphics Control Panel to adjust brightness
  7. Use monitor buttons to change display brightness
  8. Keyboard shortcuts to adjust brightness

Use Quick Settings to adjust the brightness

There is a brightness slider in the Windows 11 Quick Settings panel. Using the slider, you can easily adjust the screen brightness to whatever level you want. It is one of the easiest ways to change brightness in Windows 11. Let me show you the exact steps.

  1. Open Quick Settings with the “Win + A” shortcut.
  2. The top slider is the brightness slider.
  3. Move the slider to the right to increase brightness.
  4. Move the slider to the left to decrease brightness.
  5. Changes are saved and applied automatically.
  6. With that, you have adjusted the brightness in Windows 11.

First, open the Windows 11 Quick Settings panel. You can either click the “Network” or “Volume” icon on the taskbar or press the “Start key + I” keyboard shortcut.

The top slider at the bottom is the brightness slider in the Quick Settings panel. Moving it to the right increases the brightness, whereas sliding to the left reduces it.

As you move the slider, you should see the brightness changing. Set the slider position according to your brightness requirement.

adjust brightness in Windows 11

That is all. It is simple to adjust Windows 11 brightness using the Quick Settings slider.

Important note: The brightness slider is only available on laptops. If you are on a desktop, follow the seventh method.

Change brightness from Settings

As with most things, you can change the brightness from the Settings app too. All you have to do is find the appropriate display option. Let me show you where to find the option and how to use it.

  1. Open the Setting app.
  2. Go to the “Settings > Display” page.
  3. Use the Brightness slider to change brightness.
  4. Changes are saved automatically.
  5. With that, you changed to brightness in Windows 11.
  6. You can close the Settings app.

Command to adjust display brightness

As with most things, you can do almost anything using the command line. Adjusting the brightness is nothing different. It is pretty simple to do. Let me show you how to do it in simple steps.

First, open the Windows 11 Terminal. You can either search for “Terminal” in the Start menu or choose “Windows Terminal” or “Terminal” from the “Win + X” menu.

After opening the Terminal window, make sure the PowerShell tab is opened. Execute the following command in the PowerShell tab. Don’t forget to replace <BrightnessLevel> with the brightness level between 0 and 100. As you can guess, 0 is the lowest brightness level, and 100 is the highest.

(Get-WmiObject -Namespace root/WMI -Class WmiMonitorBrightnessMethods).WmiSetBrightness(1,<Brightness Level>)
command to adjust brightness in Windows 11

After setting the brightness, you can safely close the terminal window.

Change brightness from Nvidia Control Panel

If you have an Nvidia Graphics Card, you should use the Nvidia Control Panel. The good thing is, apart from customizing your graphics card, you can also change the Windows 11 brightness from there. It is pretty easy to do. Let me show you how.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search and open “NVIDIA Control Panel.”
  3. Choose “Adjust desktop color settings” on the sidebar.
  4. Chose the monitor on the right panel.
  5. Select the “Use NVIDIA Settings” option.
  6. Use the Brightness slider to adjust brightness.
  7. Click the “Apply” button.
  8. With that, you have changed the brightness in Windows 11.

Change brightness from AMD Radeon Settings

If you have an AMD graphics card, you will be using the AMD Radeon Settings app. Like with Nvidia, you can change Windows display brightness using that app. Let me take you through the steps.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search and open “AMD Radeon Software.”
  3. Click the “Settings” icon.
  4. Go to the “Display” tab.
  5. Select the display on the top bar.
  6. Use the Brightness slider to adjust brightness.

Use Intel Graphics Control Panel to adjust brightness

If your system uses Intel Integrated Graphics, you can use the Intel Graphics Control Panel to adjust the brightness. Here is how.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search and open “Intel Graphics Control Panel.”
  3. Click on “Display.”
  4. Choose “Color settings” on the sidebar.
  5. Select the display if necessary.
  6. Use the “Brightness” slider to change brightness.
  7. Click “Apply” to save changes.
  8. With that, you are done adjusting the display brightness.

Use monitor buttons to change display brightness

If you are on a desktop, you need to use the monitor options (OSD settings) to change the brightness. The monitor controls are not available in Windows.

Typically, you need to open the monitor’s OSD settings using the available buttons on the monitor, navigate to the brightness section and then adjust the screen brightness. Please refer to the monitor user manual to know how to open monitor OSD settings and change brightness.

You can also use third-party software to change desktop monitor brightness.

Keyboard shortcuts to adjust brightness

Almost all laptops and some desktop keyboards have dedicated keys to change brightness. Typically, you can see the brightness indicators on the function keys. You need to press and hold the “Fn” key and then press the relevant brightness key to increase or decrease the screen brightness.

Depending on the laptop/keyboard manufacturer, the brightness keys and their placement will differ. Please refer to your keyboard or user manual to know where they are.

That is it. It is that simple to adjust brightness in Windows 11.

I hope this simple Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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