When I was on Windows 8 or 8.1, changing brightness was easier, all you had to load the charm bar and drag the slider up or down to manage brightness. In Windows 10 clicking the power icon, then clicking the brightness icon changes the brightness by the gap of 25%. Means you can set your screen brightness easily but only to 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100.

Windows 10 is doing good and reportedly it will take over the Windows 7 (percentage users) by the end of the 2017 year. The fall creator update brings lots of new features and stability fixes which you can get any time after 17 October.

What we actually missing in Windows 10 is an easy access to brightness slider to easily change brightness whenever you need. Which is necessary because in morning you need mid brightness, in shiny day above average brightness and in evening or night a lower brightness is needed.

Win10 Brightness slider

get it from github

is a tiny software will take little space in your taskbar in form of taskbar icon. Clicking on that will display a slider that you can use to easily and quickly change your screen brightness.

This is hosted on GitHub so you need to visit this page and get it from there. The size is almost negligible and it doesn’t require to be installed on the host machine.

Simply open it and it will take place in taskbar area when you click on the “brightness icon” use the slider that appears to control the brightness of the laptop.

In case you find this little tool useful you can automatically start it with your computer so you can anytime access it from the taskbar. To do that right-click on the tool’s icon and select Run at Startup to register it in startup program, to ensure open task manager and look for Win10_brightnesSlider, if you can find you need to manually add it.

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Brightness Tray

get it from github

This is another tiny utility to quickly change screen brightness using the slider it displays. Just like the first tool we’ve mentioned you can access the slider by clicking its icon from the taskbar. Fortunately, these kinds of tools don’t need to be installed on your computer, just open the tool after unzipping the archive file and it will take place in taskbar area.

This tool has more options such as turning off the display by clicking the Power off display option which you can access by right-clicking the icon from the taskbar. You can also set it to launch with Windows startup so that conventionally you can change brightness anytime.


While Windows 10 only allows changing brightness by a quarter which means there is no in-between from 0 to 25 or 25 to 50. Arguably you can go to the action center, right-click on the brightness option and go to its settings, from there you can access the slider you can use to change screen brightness on your windows 10 computer.

There is also an another workaround where we’ve used F.lux software which reduces the blue light to reduce eye strain when working at night or dark places, but unlike changing brightness you can use a hotkey ALT + Page Up and Down to dim the screen even darker than the default 0% brightness.

You can also use the Nightlight feature in Windows 10 to reduce eye strain, which is more easy to enable by tapping the night light from the action center.

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  1. I didn’t even know that you could change the brightness from the power icon haha. I always did it with the FN+Up arrow keys.

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