Tuesday, July 15, 2014

[How-To] Disable Auto-Brightness on Windows 8 and 8.1

Does your Windows 8 laptop have an annoying screen flicker? I just bought a new Windows 8.1 laptop and was very irritated when the screen started flickering. It wasn't severe, but it was quite noticeable and annoying. I found that it was most commonly noticeable when watching a video and it wasn't long before I set out with determination to solve the problem. This blog will discuss what I discovered and how to fix it.

I started doing some research and after a while I stumbled across the cause of the issue. Apparently, in Microsoft's quest to create an operating system that was more mobile device friendly they added auto-brightness to Windows. It was a good thought for a new feature, but they made one of the worst auto-brightness systems I have ever seen.

So the question is. How can the auto-brightness on Windows 8 or 8.1 be disabled? It isn't difficult, but it is in a little bit of an odd place.

How to disable Auto-Brightness on Windows 8 or 8.1

1. Swipe in from the right of the screen to display the charms bar.
2. Select the settings button and choose the "Change PC Settings" option in the bottom right.

3. Select the PC and Devices option.

4. Choose power and sleep and toggle the "Adjust my screen brightness automatically" to Off.

After turning off auto-brightness you should have a smooth back-light level without any flickering. Microsoft had good intentions and I think auto-brightness is a good feature for Windows. If this how-to was helpful please share it with others.

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