Dim or reduce brightness of laptop or computer monitor screen further

The best thing about using a Windows computer is that you can customize it or do almost anything – for free. I recently bought a new Dell XPS laptop. I was finding its screen a bit too bright for my liking, in spite of having reduced its Screen brightness to the minimum via the Power Options.

Dim or reduce brightness of computer screen

Normally one clicks the battery icon sitting in the notification area, selects  Adjust screen brightness and then moves the slider to the left to reduce the screen brightness.

Dim or reduce brightness of computer screen

In Windows 10 you can opem Settings > System > Display and change the brightness here and also set Night Light if you wish.

change dim screen brightness

In spite of having done this, I felt that the screen was too bright and I was getting slight headaches due to regular use. So I thought I had two option now – either get a shaded screen for the laptop or wear shades myself (just kidding) while working on the computer.

If you work at night with minimum ambient lightning in the room, it could hurt your eyes. Looking around a bit, I came across two portable freeware which can help you dim your screen brightness further.

Freeware to change brightness of screens

DimScreen lets you dim the whole screen. You can change the brightness easily in terms of percentage directly from the notification area by right-clicking on the program icon. You can get it here.

You can also dim or increase screen brightness by using hotkeys Ctrl+- and Ctrl++. You can also configure it further to suit your requirements via its Settings.

Dimmer is another such effective freeware. Once you set the brightness, you cannot change it easily by right-clicking the notification area program icon. You have to open its Settings. But both do the job well. You can download it here.

This is how your screen brightness would look if you were to reduce the brightness by 10-20%. Much cooler for the eyes, in my opinion!

If you want it to start every time Windows starts, you can place its shortcut in the Startups folder situated a:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.

You might also want to have a look at another freeware f.lux and SunsetScreen, which makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Posted by on , in Category Windows with Tags
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. TuneUp

    Great tip! When I am traveling, I typically keep my computer quite dim to save the battery. Do you know if DimScreen helps with to save even more battery? There are other times when I am watching a movie and the screen is still too dark even when it’s on the brightest level – this tool should help to solve that issue too!

  2. I do not think it saves battery …

  3. GraceA

    DimScreen has saved my eyes, thank you for this advice! currently working at 2am trying to finish a practical report for university, and my eyes were starting to really hurt, this has helped loads. thank you to google for showing me this article.

  4. Bugoira

    Having to work with a migraine, I started searching for a way to dim my screen more than the button on my monitor would allow. After reading about “DimScreen”, I gave it a try – 60% dim plus no lights on in the office – so much better! I highly recommend. And, thank you.

  5. Nils Larsen

    It dosent save battery cause it doesn’t dim the backlight ,it just puts on more black color in the pix

  6. netra

    really helpfull for me. Very nice softwares. Thanks

  7. Danny

    My screen is dark now (permanently for the os). How can i revert back?

  8. me

    it should revert back upon reboot, unless you chose the option to startup upon boot.

  9. me

    Ctrl+- and Ctrl++ adjuster the screen size, not the brightness. It is at 100% and is hurting my eyes. HELP!

  10. me

    Downloaded Dim screen.exe and not the screen is to dim and I get it to brighten. What now? Help!

  11. James Cody Larche

    Yeah would be great if the first option wasn’t a complete lie there is no slider at control panel/hardware and sound/power options and this is only promoting software I have a split second before my screen dims and then I spend the time turning the monitor on and off to get to that option and guess what it doesn’t exist so you need to stop writing help articles if your just gonna tell people fake crap

  12. Take the blinkers off your eyes and look. Just because you do not see the sliders, doesn’t make it a lie. All it means is that you were unable to see it and you assumed it to mean that its a lie.

    I remember seeing the Screen Brightness slider at Control Panel > Power Options in Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Vista and I still see it in my Windows 10 Control Panel today. It’s there.

    I suggest you take the help of someone who knows where to look!

  13. Hi, do you know if any program of this type works with Microsoft Edge after Creators Update?

  14. Let'em Crash

    Hello. How do I install Dimscreen or otherwise remove the UAC nag? Miracle program 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

1 + 1 =