Reduce Brightness of External Display

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  1. RichardC300 macrumors 65816

    RichardC300

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    I have an Acer R221Q as a 2nd monitor to my MacBook Pro, and my desk is in a relatively dim room, so the display's lowest brightness setting is still too bright for my liking. Is there an app to further reduce the brightness of my external monitor?
     
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  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    There's also something out there called "Shades".

    Using it now, works well.
     
  4. RichardC300 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Brightness Control looks like it hasn't been updated since 2006, but Shades is a little more recent (2013). Thanks for the suggestion, though.

    Using Shades now. It does exactly what I wanted. Thanks!

    I wish I could control the brightness from the menu bar icon. I'm hiding the brightness slider, and it seems like the only way to adjust the brightness is going into the Shades preferences through System Preferences and showing the slider, adjusting then brightness, then hiding the slider again.

    But I do like how it remembers my settings for my monitor and automatically turns on when I connect it.

    Does the menu bar icon do anything for you?
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    "I wish I could control the brightness from the menu bar icon."

    I believe you can (I do on El Capitan).
    The choice is "in there someplace"…
     
  6. RichardC300 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Strange. The icon doesn't do a single thing in Sierra. I'll send a bug report.
     
  7. hemon macrumors regular

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    Brighter Screen (AppStore) is for me the best free apps!
     
  8. RichardC300 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I figured out Shades' menu bar control. I control my external monitor's brightness from the menu bar on my MBP's screen. I'm liking this app a lot now.
     

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