How To Fix Windows 10/11 Brightness Slider Missing


The missing brightness slider is one of the annoying issues faced by Windows 11 and 10 users. Luckily, the problem can be solved using the ways mentioned in the following post.

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The correct brightness is crucial for proper viewing when working on a PC. Without it, you face problems while watching a movie, playing a game, working on a PC, etc.  Below we will explain how to fix the brightness slider missing on Windows 10 and 11.

Reasons for Missing Brightness Slider on Windows 10

  • Outdated graphics driver
  • Brightness setting removed from Notification Center
  • Disabled monitor driver in Device Manager

Common Error Reports By Users When Facing Brightness Issue

  • The brightness option is either greyed out or unavailable
  • Brightness is not working on the laptop.
  • Missing screen brightness option.
  • The disappearance of the brightness slider.

How To Fix the Windows Brightness Slider Not Showing?

The mysterious disappearance of the brightness slider surprises many users. For some, it is greyed out, or perhaps the icon is missing. So, why does this happen? A possible explanation is that the option is disabled. To fix it, follow these steps:

Method 1 – Add Brightness Slider to Quick Action Center

If you cannot see the brightness slider in the Quick Action Center, it seems it is not added. To do so, add it follow these steps:

  • Press Windows + I to open Windows Settings.
  • Double click System option > click Notifications & actions > Edit your quick actions.

windows notification

  • You will now see the notification area > click Add Brightness. When added, click Done.

bright ness icon

  • You will now see the Brightness slider in the Windows 11 and 10 action center.

If the brightness slider is still not visible, you can follow the other fixes below.

Method 2 – Enable Adaptive Brightness

  • Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Click System.

windows system setting

  • Power & sleep > Additional power settings.

windows power setting

  • Click Change plan settings.

change power setting

  • Click Change advanced power settings.

advanced power setting

  • Click the + button to unhide the Display option and Enable the adaptive brightness option.

power options

This will help activate the brightness slider in the Action Center.

Method 3 – Uninstall and Reinstall Default Monitor Driver

If the brightness option is unavailable, the issue can be driver related. To fix this problem, uninstall and reinstall the driver. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Right-click the Windows start icon > select Device Manager.

device manager

  •  Double click the Monitors section > right-click the monitor driver > Uninstall device.

uninstall device

  • Check the box next to Delete the driver software for this device and click Uninstall.

unistall device

  • Let the operating finish.
  • Click the Action tab > select Scan for hardware changes.

scan for hardware

  • This will reinstall the default driver. Now check if you can use the brightness settings.

If this doesn’t help, check if the monitor driver is enabled or disabled. If disabled, enable it using the instructions given below:

  • Press Windows + X > select Device Manager.
  • Expand Monitors category > right-click your Monitor driver and see choose Enable option. Instead of Enable, if you see Disable, the driver is enabled.

Check if the problem is solved or not. If not, we suggest updating the graphics driver. The easiest way is to use a third-party driver updating tool.

To use Advanced Driver Updater, the best tool for Windows to update drivers, follow these steps:

  • Open the tool and click Start Scan Now to start the scanning process and identify the outdated drivers.

advanced driver updater

  • You’ll get a list of outdated drivers. To update the driver click the Update driver link. If you click Update All & are re-directed to the purchase page, you are a trial user. Free users can update only one driver at a time. While only paid users can use the Update All button. To update all drivers, you must purchase the product with a 60-day money-back guarantee.

updated outdated driver

  • Wait for the driver update to install. Restart the PC the apply changes.

Now try to adjust the brightness. You should not face any problems.

Method 4 – Install Generic PnP Monitor Driver

If the Generic PnP monitor driver is not installed on your PC, then also you can face the brightness slider missing issues. To fix it, install the driver and get the brightness problem resolved.

  • Press Windows + R to open the Run window.
  • Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter key.
  • Expand Monitors category. Select the monitor driver > right-click > Update driver.

update driver

  • Select the second option, Browse my computer for driver software.
  • Click Let me pick from the list of available drivers on my computer.

drivers on my computer

  • Select Generic PnP Monitor from the list > click Next.

generic pnp monitor

  • Restart PC to apply changes. The brightness problem should now be fixed.

Method 5 – Update Windows

You might face a brightness issue when you don’t have the latest Windows update installed. To update Windows, follow these steps:

  • Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Click Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.

windows update check

  • Wait for the updates to install. Alternatively, you can click Download and install and wait for the updates to install.

 check windows update

  • Restart the PC to apply updates and then check if the problem is fixed or not.

Final Words

This concludes our troubleshooting guide on how to fix brightness unavailable on Windows 11  and 10. Suppose the above fixes did not help; you try uninstalling problematic software. Some users have reported that after uninstalling TeamViewer, the issue is fixed. If you don’t know how to uninstall it, you can use the Uninstall module of Advanced System Optimizer.

After using the above methods, we hope you can resolve the missing brightness slider problem.

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8 thoughts on “How To Fix Windows 10/11 Brightness Slider Missing

  1. Avatar for Linda Linda says:

    Thank you so much!!! Since I’ve updated Windows I faced this problem but thanks to you, it is finally solved! Method 3 has worked like a charm for me and now my eyes can finally rest.
    Thank you! As they said, not all heroes wear capes 🙂
    Have a nice day.

  2. Hello Linda,

    Thank you for your feedback.

    We are glad to hear that your problem is resolved.

    Thanks and Regards

    Systweak Support

  3. Avatar for Sean Meyer Sean Meyer says:

    Method 4 worked perfectly!!! I’ve been searching for a long time for a solution to my missing brightness slider bar and NOTHING out there worked….until now! Thank you so much!!!!

  4. Avatar for Nigel jones Nigel jones says:

    Thank you I followed the guide how to get the brightness bar came back on display.i can adjust my brightness now on my pc.

  5. Avatar for John John says:

    Method 3 worked for me!! Thank you. Windows did an update yesterday 7/28/23 and my computer got dimmer and I couldn’t find the brightness bar anywhere. After 2 hrs searching I uninstalled the update. The computer got bright again but the brightness bar was still missing. Now it’s fixed finally.

  6. Avatar for CK CK says:

    Went to Device Manager and Display Adapter then update the graphic which I discovered had an error “!” from previous loading. Update that and viola. Your blog showed all the shortcuts and gave many facets to the problem .It;a a life and eyes saver! Thank you so much!!

  7. Avatar for Preeti Seth Preeti Seth says:

    Dear CK,

    Thank you for your feedback.

    We are glad to hear that your problem is fixed.

    Thanks and Regards

  8. Avatar for Gavin Lynch Gavin Lynch says:

    Option 3 worked. Brilliant!

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