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15 April 2010

Display Brightness Level in Taskbar

I wanted a little notification for the current display brightness level. I couldn't find one, but the creator of the Display Brightness Vista Gadget made a console version of his app. I'm not much of a programmer, but I was able to use AutoHotkey to make the current display brightness level appear in the notification area of the taskbar. I'm providing it for download here free. You can't change the brightness level with this utility as you can the gadget... maybe that will be in a revision someday; it only displays the current level in the icon and as a tooltip. Just unzip to any location and run Brightness.exe. The icon in the notification area will change with the current display brightness. It should work on Windows Vista or Windows 7, 32/64-bit. If you have any issue, let me know in the comments. Thanks.



  1. Great idea for an app.

    I get an error when I try to run it though.

    "Brightness.exe - System Error

    The program can't start because MSVCR71.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."

    OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
    OS Version: 6.1.7600 N/A Build 7600

  2. You can try the directions here, but first try placing MSVCR71.dll in the directory with the brightness.exe file before using the system directories.

  3. The file is probably elsewhere on your system. Just copy it to the BrightnessDisplay folder.