If you work long hours at a computer, adjusting the brightness of the screen is a must to avoid eye strain and headaches. Especially during the winter when there is less natural light in the work space, continuous exposure to bright monitors can be a real problem. A solution, of course, is to lower the brightness of the monitor.
While most monitors have buttons and controls that let you adjust the screen settings, they tend to be clunky to use. If you have a multi-monitor setup, you don’t want to continually have to go through a slew of settings panels for each monitor. So the obvious solution would be to use some kind of software, ideally something with some keyboard shortcuts.
For Windows, there a dozens of programs that promise to do this and I have tried most of them. Sadly, most of them aren’t really that applicable to multi-monitor arrangements. One approach is to directly tap into the graphics settings, but software that tries to do this can sometimes screw with your monitor settings in ways that hard to revert. Other programs will do the trick but they don’t have easy to use controls (they lack keyboard shortcuts mainly) or they only work on a single monitor setup. I use virtual desktops on top of my dual monitor setup and finding a program that supports these variables has been fruitless search, that is, until today.
So I finally found a solution that fulfills my criteria: – Easy to use keyboard/mouse shortcuts to adjust screen brightness – Multi-monitor support – No messing with graphics settings – Virtual desktop support – Compatible with Windows 7
– Low cost