Precisely adjust Display Brightness

Jul 1, 2010 - 8 Comments

precisely adjust brightness on mac Hold down the Option+Shift keys while you adjust screen brightness to precisely adjust the displays brightness by allowing you to have 64 levels of varying brightness vs the default 16.

As you can see in the screenshot, this is done by breaking each brightness step into four stages. I find this kind of precision really useful on my MacBook Pro when in dimmer lighting conditions.

You can do the same type of precise adjustments when changing your Mac volume levels.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Patricio says:

    The same procedure is valid for volume control!


  2. Patricio says:

    oops, the information was there already…sorry.

  3. Anthony J says:

    Hmm I can get it to work for the volume but not the backlight, does something need to be changed in my settings?

  4. John A says:

    Does not work on 10.5.x

    only on 10.6.x

    ..volume works on both

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  6. nixoninajar says:

    won’t work on Mac OS X 10.7 Beta 1

  7. Classified says:

    Doesn’t work on Lion

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