Adjusting the brightness of the screen to the current environment has several benefits. The most important ones are a better display quality in the environment you are in, say a dimmed screen at night to avoid too bright screens, and a positive impact a dimmed screen has on the battery of mobile devices.
Most laptops come with programs that offer settings to change the display screen brightness, but many of those programs are everything but lightweight, and some seem to have been developed a long time ago which shows in the interface but also functionality and compatibility.
While you may also be able to use hardware controls on the monitor to change the brightness levels, some monitors tend to generate noise when you do, which they do not if you leave the brightness level at its default value.
DimScreen is a portable alternative by Donation Coder's busiest member Skrommel.
The application, like all of Skrommel's apps, has been created with Autohotkey, which sometimes is recognized as malware by antivirus software.
Note: This application is not malware, and if antivirus software reports that it is, then it is a false positive.
The program provides screen dimming options via hotkey and the system tray. The hotkeys Ctrl+ and Ctrl- on the main keyboard decrease or increase the screen brightness respectively.
Main keyboard in this regard means that the keys do not work on the numpad which is understandable since most notebooks come without it.
Users who prefer to use the mouse to change the display screen brightness can instead locate the icon in the Windows system tray to adjust it.
A right-click on the icon and the selection of a screen brightness percentage from 0% to 100% adjusts the brightness of the screen immediately.
A value of 0% means a screen brightness level of 100%, a value of 60% a brightness of 40% and so on.
DimScreen is an unobtrusive program for the Windows operating system, that is especially helpful for mobile users who want a lightweight program for changing the display screen brightness.
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