Windows 10: Start Menu -> Settings -> Grayed Out Buttons

  1.    08 Mar 2016 #1

    Start Menu -> Settings -> Grayed Out Buttons


    My laptop comes up every time with the screen brightness WAY too low for my eyes. I can go to Settings and change it, but the Apply and Cancel buttons are grayed out. Every time I restart, or even when the PC goes into sleep mode, it's right back to the too dark screen.

    I've driven myself nuts looking everywhere I could think of for a way to enable that Apply button and - nada. Can someone help me out here?
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       08 Mar 2016 #2

    Hello and welcome to TenForums :)

    I think you need to go via the control panel and select the change settings for your power plan. This will give you the option to save the new settings for brightness.

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  3.    09 Mar 2016 #3

    Thanks for the reply, Phil. Unfortunately, that doesn't help either. It still goes back to the dark screen every time I restart, or the computer goes into Sleep mode.

    Does anybody have an idea of how to activate that grayed out Apply button in Start Menu -> Settings?
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       09 Mar 2016 #4

    Severian said: View Post
    My laptop comes up every time with the screen brightness WAY too low for my eyes. I can go to Settings and change it, but the Apply and Cancel buttons are grayed out. Every time I restart, or even when the PC goes into sleep mode, it's right back to the too dark screen.

    I've driven myself nuts looking everywhere I could think of for a way to enable that Apply button and - nada. Can someone help me out here?
    Go back to that settings you had before > change Orientation to Portrait > your Apply and Cancel buttons are now active > change right back to Landscape.

    Try to adjust the brightness and click Apply.

    Does the change of brightness stick or does it go back to the same problem ?
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  5.    09 Mar 2016 #5

    Ha! What a kludge! But I'll be darned if it doesn't work! What kind of goofy piece of UI design is that?

    Whether or not it sticks now remains to be seen. I'll let you know the next time I restart or or drift away from the computer long enough for it to sleep. Right now, I have my usual zillion windows/tabs open (+/- 10%) at the same time.

    Thanks again!
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       09 Mar 2016 #6

    You are welcome.
    Do post back whether it works or not.
    Thank you.
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  7.    12 Mar 2016 #7

    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Sadly, this doesn't fix the problem. It still goes back to the dark screen every time I restart or the computer sleeps.

    This really seems like it ought to be simple. I should be able to decide the brightness level of my own computer screen. Apparently, Microsoft disagrees. They believe they know best, and my screen brightness should be whatever they decide.
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       12 Mar 2016 #8

    Sorry.
    I am out of ideas.
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