How to increase screen brightness on Windows 10

Dave W. Shanahan

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Whether you are using a Microsoft Surface product or another Windows 10 PC like the Lenovo Yoga 730 15-inch, you might be wondering what options you have to adjust screen brightness. There are several options available to adjust screen brightness for all types of scenarios. Microsoft knows that working on your PC during the day and night can strain your eyesight, disrupt your sleep, and have other long-term damaging effects to your health. Let’s take a look at what options you have to adjust screen brightness on Windows 10.

Keyboard Shortcuts

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Microsoft Surface products, including the Surface Pro, Surface Book 2, or Surface Laptop, you need to first press the Function key (Fn), then press F1 to decrease screen brightness or F2 to increase screen brightness. If you don’t own a Surface, you might not be so lucky and not have a dedicated key to change your screen brightness. On other Windows PCs, the keyboard shortcuts can vary greatly depending on the make and model. Check your PC manufacturer’s website for more information and support.


All Windows 10 PCs have this option available in their settings. Here are the steps you need to take to get to adjust screen brightness:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to System
  3. Go to Display

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From here, you’ll be able to set your screen brightness to your desired level (high or low) or chose the option to change your screen brightness automatically when your lighting changes. Automatically changing your screen brightness based on your background lightning is great, but this setting usually favors a brighter screen brightness setting, which will negatively affect your Windows 10 PC’s battery life.

Night Light

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Another option in your display is Night light. Night light changes your screen brightness when you are using your PC after sunset. Night light can help you get to sleep by displaying warmer colors at night. If you go into Night light settings, you can change the color temperature at night to a setting that is comfortable for your eyes. You can also schedule when night light turns on and off. By default, night light starts at sunset and ends at sunrise. Your sunrise and sunset times are detected automatically based on your location.

Other Settings

Other settings options under Display include changing your Windows PC’s color profile to either Enhanced or sRGB. There is no added battery life associated with which color profile you choose. Enhanced is there to be visually pleasing whereas sRGB (standard Red Green Blue) is the industry standard created by Microsoft and HP in 1996. sRGB is used as a color standard on all Windows PC displays, printers, and webpages. Using sRGB is required if you are doing professional photo editing work.

Additional settings available include the ability to change the size of text, apps, and other items by changing the scale and layout of your PC’s display. Resolution, screen orientation, and the option to connect to a wireless display is also available. Sometimes, OEMs have additional screen brightness calibration software available, so it might be wise to check their website for additional support.