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Power Options - Add or Remove "Dim display after"

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    Power Options - Add or Remove "Dim display after"

    Power Options - Add or Remove "Dim display after"
    How to Add or Remove "Dim display after" in Power Options in Windows
    Published by Brink is online now
    26 Nov 2013
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    Add or Remove "Dim display after" in Power Options in Windows


    information   Information
    The display can use more power than any other part of a PC. Reducing the display brightness level can help extend your battery life before needing to recharge.

    The Dim display after setting under Display in Power Options specifies how long your computer is inactive before your display(s) dims.


    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Dim display after setting under Display in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    This could be handy if you wanted to set this how you wanted, then remove the setting to prevent other users from being able to change it in Power Options.


    If you did not originally have the Dim display after option available, then it means that it is not supported on your PC.

    Instead, your display(s) will automatically dim by the percentage set in "Dimmed display brightness" exactly 15 seconds before what is set in "Turn off display after".


    EXAMPLE: "Dim display after" added to Advanced Power Settings

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    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. Add "Dim display after" to Advanced Power Settings

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_Dim_Display_After.reg


    download

    3. Remove "Dim display after" from Advanced Power Settings

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_Dim_Display_After.reg


    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Oh maaaaaaaaaan ... you are AWESOME, Brink! Thank you so much for the easy tweak!

    I wish you the best of holidays!

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    You're most welcome TBolt. I hope you have a great holidays as well.
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    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro


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    {edit}
    No luck thus far. Updated NVIDIA drivers again -- the laptop screen still won't dim.

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    Well, this must be a Microsoft or NVIDIA thing that they need to fix. Even though I set the dim to 1 minute in both Balanced Mode & High Performance Mode, the laptop display is not dimming.


    • I disconnected external monitors/TVs.
    • I even turned off the mouse to make sure there was no input to the PC.
    • No videos playing.



    It was a brilliant effort though, Brink!

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    Well, so much for that. What I have set for "Dim display after" doesn't get applied for me as well.

    However, I noticed that the display will automatically dim by the percentage set in "Dimmed display brightness" exactly 15 seconds before what is set in "Turn off display after".
    Last edited by Brink; 27 Nov 2013 at 01:17. Reason: correction
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Well, so much for that. What I have set for "Dim display after" doesn't get applied for me as well.

    However, I noticed that the display will automatically dim by the percentage set in "Dimmed display brightness" exactly 1 minute before what is set in "Turn off display after".
    Interesting. For me, the main laptop display dimmed 15 seconds before the screen turned off at 2 minutes. Tested it twice - same result.

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    So, do you feel this is just a bug that MS will need to fix?

    Thank you, Brink!
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    I don't think it's a bug, but was changed for whatever reason. Oops, yep 15 seconds.
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    8.1 update


    Hi Brink,

    I just tried your reg fix and yes, it brings the option back up in the advanced settings but it doesn't have any effect.

    My laptop is a HP Compaq 6710b core 2 duo T7500 2.2GHz 3GB RAM now running Win 8.1 update.

    It was working fine in Win 8 but not in the Win 8.1 update.

    I have used the Intel driver update program you suggested in another post and all my drivers are up to date and no problems in the device manager.
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    Posts : 22,279
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Frog, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It appears that the Dim display after option is no longer supported on your PC.

    Instead, your display(s) will automatically dim by the percentage set in "Dimmed display brightness" exactly 15 seconds before what is set in "Turn off display after".
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    Windows 8.1


    Awesome, thank you Brink. That was one of the many useful features they removed between Win7 and Win8.1. Personally I don't see why they need to make a desktop computer behave like a mobile device. Give it up, Microsoft, a 25-lb tower will never be a tablet no matter how much fat you trim on the software side.
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