There’s not much to not like about Apple’s new displays. They’re bright, crisp, sharp, and loaded with Kodachrome-like color. And glare. Welcome to the 21st century. It’s where glare rules and only old Mac users remember matte screens. What can you do to control your Mac’s screen? Not much. Fortunately, it’s free. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much.
Control Brightness With A Slider
My Macs run on auto pilot. In other words, I set them up the way I prefer, then don’t muck with them much after that. My home office has lighting that’s muted so the big iMac’s screen doesn’t give off much glare.
I often work late at night and keep the lights off. The Mac’s Brightness Control is set to automatic, and that works fine. Most of the time. Sometimes it needs an adjustment. For that, I use the keyboard screen brightness settings.
I could use an app for that. A free app.
Brightness Control is a simple Mac app that dims the screen with a slider bar. Click and drag the slider down to dim. Drag it up again for more brightness. Or, even faster, click the Restore button.
Why use such a simple app if the Mac already has a keyboard combo which is even better? First, it’s easier than digging through System Prefernces. Easier than trying to find those pesky brightness keys in the dark on a Bluetooth keyboard.
A dollar more than free gets you Brightness, which actually makes the screen darker and changes tint (and brighter, with a warmer color). A dollar more than that gets you Shade Control, which places a transparent shade over the screen using– wait for it– a slider bar.
Who knew your Mac’s screen needed so many apps to improve brightness.