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Dimmer is a little free application designed to help control the brightness of your computer screen, specially to help reduce the brightness beyond what the hardware alone is capable of. This becomes very useful when you are in total darkness and the minimum brightness from your display is still too much. It can dim LCD, TFT and LED screens. Dimmer will not damage your screen, if anything, it will save the backlight and consequently, energy, by emitting less radiation. To note is the fact that most desktop screens are actually capable of reducing the brightness levels quite low, the same is not true on 95% of portable screens. Dimmer was conceived to work on all versions of Microsoft Windows.

The need for this program came about because I do allot of work at night and with minimum ambient light in the room, or (more often than I would like) in bed and my laptop (all of them) still output a great deal of light even in the lowest setting, this was damaging to my eyes and I couldn't work well. So one day I decided to develop Dimmer and solve the problem. I can now dim the laptop display to suit my needs and can finally work through the night without a problem. Your monitor brightness can be easily adjusted and the program sits in the system tray for your convenience.

Another convenient feature is that the program does not require installation. Simply extract into a folder of your choice and run. When no longer needed, just delete the folder and you are done. The program stores its settings in an xml file so the Windows Registry is not used. Dimmer options can only be accessed from its icon on the system tray (next to the clock). When it loads it will dim up to the level it was last used. The option to close/exit is in the context menu that you get by right-clicking on the system tray icon.

Dimmer has been much acclaimed as the best dimming software for portable displays, screens or monitors and it will be even better in the next version. Feel free to recommend it to your friends and family and you may link to this page if you wish. Contact me and let me know if you like or dislike it.


Files Requirements Size Screenshots Downloads
Zip Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1+ 13 KB Screenshot 145323


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The future of Dimmer

I am currently working on a new version of Dimmer and although I don't have a lot of free time, I will only release it when the following features reach a useable state: multi-monitor support, better interface controls, possibly color temperature options and Windows taskbar/context menus dimmed. Other features like auto-dimming according to time of day and direct keyboard shortcuts, may not be ready, but I will add it at some point in the future.


Due to the ongoing wave of malware, spyware, adware and other disruptive software found on the Internet, you must only download Dimmer from trusted websites. My software contains no such dangers and if you have any doubt don't download, and more importantly, don't run the software.


The software is free for download, use and distribution. Copyright information and readme files must accompany the software at all times. NO WARRANTIES of any kind are given, and in no event should I be held responsible. That remains with you.

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