Windows – How to get the laptop’s screen brightness settings back

brightnessdisplaylaptoppower-managementwindows 7

From when I bought it up until yesterday, my laptop would dim the screen automatically if you let it sit for long enough, and then if you hit a key or moved the mouse, the brightness would jump back to what you had it at. I enjoy that behavior. It works well.

Then I booted it up today, and found that now it will dim the screen automatically if you let it sit for long enough, but it doesn't restore the screen brightness. I have to do that manually, every single time, and it's getting really old really fast.

It's an Alienware M17 running Windows 7 64-bit, in case that helps.

EDIT: After a bit of testing, I've found out that it only does this on the Power Saver profile, while on AC power. Other power profiles work fine, as does Power Saver on the battery. But I can't find anything in the control panel that looks like it would affect this.

Best Answer

In the tray, rightclick the battery and choose power options.

Choose your active plan by clicking the "Change plan settings" and then either adjust the slides there or click "Change advance power settings".

The third choice from the bottom will give you additional options when it comes to setting the screen brightness.

Hope that helps.