Change Display Screen Brightness With DimScreen
Adjusting the brightness of the screenÂ 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.
As for my eyes, F.Lux is the best.
I use both of them, flux all the time, and dimscreen at night when the luminosity of the screen remains too bright
you don’t need this program. Pressing the fn plus the f7 or f8 keys lowers and highers the brightness.
I didn’t know that ! . Thanks very much !
Fn + key is on laptops which dont have dedicated monitor controls. also, what is F7 and F8 is F4 and F5 or could be anything really on other hardware. This software is still useful, The dimmest that my monitor will adjust to is still too bright (personal opinion), and on some monitors the menu to so convoluted or it just it takes forever to make an adjustment, so point in case for this software…
I have a laptop that the Fn brightness keys don’t work properly, and this program is perfect for that. Can be useful for other people with similar problem too.
Thanks for the tip Martin. :)
Chocobito, you are welcome ;)
How much memory does it use?
I use a freeware called “Desktop Lighter v1.4” that uses 4 MB of memory. It’s excellent. Currently I have my monitor set at 35% brightness. Not only does it save on energy, it makes the screen A LOT easier on the eyes.
Highly recommended if computers don’t have a built in dimmer.
It uses a little bit more than that on a 64-bit system, but not a lot.
Thanks Martin but how does it differ from the method that “XD” mentioned above ? Pressing the Fn button with F7 or F8 . I guess the only difference is the percentage display but both do the same function.
f.lux anyone? It automatically adjusts the brightness depending on times of day (or night).
Where this program is a great help is with computers whose minimum built-in brightness is still too high for sensitive eyes.
This little program worked the needed miracle for me with a Toshiba laptop whose minimum brightness was bright, too bright. One of the best little tweakers I’ve come across. And this is my first opportunity to express my appreciation to its creator. So thanks.
DimScreen is absolutely useless for an LCD as it does NOT dim the backlight.
Thank you so much ….
This was the thing I was looking for in a long time.
Dims the display much more than the default fn keys
Thanks a million…
Martin – I’m going to try to download Dimscreen now. Crossing my fingers. THX for this article.
Thanks a lot, the DimScreen works perfectly on my non LED HP monitor with notebook HP8750W. Dimming is possible well beyond monitor settings – almost to 0%.
Where is the download link for dimscreen??
It is the first link in the article.
Where’s is the site .do download dim screen.?
I’m very much delighted to mention that I used to use MonitorBright
but it uses more memory (8k vs 1k for Dimscreen) and it behaves as a window, so any other window can bypass it with alt-tab
so this is my alternative :)
Great product Martin…My sincere kisses to you..Hell on those idiots who discourage this product…God bless u..
Stupid why not put a link with the name “Download” i give up bye…
That’s what I was wondering. I give up and going to another place to download.
Cool app. Works well when used along with hotkey for quick access
Makes (or so I think) a useful (I suppose) piece of software, writes a nice piece of description, and doesn’t give a download link.
Would it be an idea for further versions to implement an option to let the program adjust the brightness automatically depending on daytime (as F.lux does for the color/”temperature”)? I’d love to see such an automatism which would make it obsolete to manually adjust the percentage.
Works fine on my Samsung N150 netbook.
How do you get this to work with multiple monitors? It only dim my main one.
You can’t dim multiple monitors with this or any other similar software. It is impossible to use software on a laptop or PC to dim anything other than a single screen, the one which the system regards as the “home” screen. You can’t dim multiple monitors with software. Major problem for some of us.
The program is pretty useful as I don’t want to reduce the brightness of my lousy laptop screen or dedicated monitor due to screen flickering caused by PWM control when brightness is less than 100%.
So this nice software fixes the problem and saves the day! Thanks a lot!!
Unfortunately, DimScreen has a bug that causes my task-bar (on auto-hide) to remain covered behind any open windows. For example, the task-bar is inaccessible if my browser if is maximized. This happens on both Windows 7 and Windows 10 systems.
I saw the icon in my system tray only for a day or two. That was after clicking on the desktop icon. The desktop icon gives no options at all.
How can I restore the system tray icon??
CareUEyes is better than this, more features
The minimal brightness of my screen was still too bright at night, thanks for the tip!
Where is the fucking link?
It is in the Summary box, as usual.
where’s the summary box…am I blind……