How to Change SDR or HDR Display Content Brightness in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change or adjust high dynamic range (HDR) or Standard dynamic range (SDR) content brightness in Windows 11.

Windows lets you stream high dynamic range (HDR) content when your PC has a display that’s optimized for HDR video and you have Play streaming HDR video turned on in HDR settings.

Not all displays are optimized for HDR content. A display that doesn’t support HDR, will stream in the appropriate Standard dynamic range (SDR).

In our previous post, we showed you how turn On or Off Auto HDR in Windows.

Whether your display is SDR or HDR compatible, you might need to adjust the relative content brightness for your SDR or HDR-capable display. This is because a display interprets an HDR and SDR signal differently, and the results will vary by make and model.

Below is how to adjust the content brightness for your display:

  • If you have multiple displays connected to your PC, select the HDR-capable display near the top of the screen, and then move the Settings app window to the HDR display that you’re adjusting.
  • On the Display settings screen, select Use HDR.
  • Under SDR content brightness or HDR content brightness, drag the slider to get the right balance for brightness between HDR and SDR content.

How to Adjust SDR or HDR Display Content Brightness in Windows 11

As mentioned above, you might need to adjust the relative content brightness for your SDR or HDR-capable display. This is because a display interprets an HDR and SDR signal differently, and the results will vary by make and model.

Below is how change your display SDR or HDR content brightness in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click the Display tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 display tile

On the System > Display settings pane, under Brightness & color, select the HDR or Use HDR tile to expand.

windows 11 use hdr tile

On the System > Display HDR settings pane, choose or select the display (if you have multiple) to adjust its HDR or SDR content.

Below Display capabilities, select SDR or HDR content brightness tile. Under SDR content brightness or HDR content brightness, drag the slider to get the right balance for brightness between HDR and SDR content.

change hdr or sdr content brightness windows 11

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change or adjust SDR or HDR content brightness in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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