Most PC monitors come with an array of adjustments such as brightness, contrast, and color settings which can usually be tweaked via a set of clunky menus using buttons tucked away either at the side or bottom of the display. However, this is seldom easy and can often turn into quite a chore. Thankfully, there are a number of third-party programs that allow users to make these adjustments far more easily and quickly. One such program is ClickMonitorDDC which is not only free and portable but also very powerful.
Click taskbar notification icons to adjust the real monitor-backlight-brightness/contrast or use mouse wheel over notification icons to increase/decrease corresponding value, much more comfortable and faster than manually messing around with monitor buttons, works with external monitors (DDC-protocol) and Laptop-LCD-Display. ~ CLickMonitorDDC developer
Windows Night Light
Before we get into the ins and outs of ClickMonitorDDC, if you are a prolific computer user — spending time at the computer both day and night — I would suggest turning on Windows 10’s native “Night light” setting which I have found to be extremely useful. The “Night light” setting changes the display to invoke warmer colors that are far easier on the eye — causing less eye strain during night viewing — and can be set to come into play automatically via a user-defined schedule. Go to Settings > System > Display to turn it on:
Click Night light settings to adjust the hours when Night light is active. I am an insomniac by nature and, if you haven’t already done this, you’ll be amazed at how much difference it makes. Set your display for night time in Windows 10.
ClickMonitorDDC Download & Usage
ClickMonitorDDC is free and available in both installer and portable versions, as usual, I opted for portable. The download is a mere 233 KB extracting to 647 KB. Running the extracted executable places an icon in the notification area of the Taskbar. A left-click on the icon opens the interface and a right-click opens a menu to access various options including a Settings menu:
As you can see from the above screenshot, adjustments can be made by simply moving the appropriate sliders up and down. ClickMonitorDDC supports multiple monitors, keyboard combinations, and command line:
You can create powerful command lines, which can be used in batch files or popup menu entries or be appended in icon properties shortcut target. Command-lines can also be executed automatically by defined times. You can define hot keys or mouse wheel combinations for executing command-lines, this even works in fullscreen-games! Command-lines can be executed automatically, if selected programs are running in fullscreen, exiting fullscreen restores original values. You can change color-profiles, select monitor-inputs, reset monitor, power off/on monitor, dim monitor, set monitor-speaker-volume, set system-volume, rotate display and set saturation/vibrance. You can do this by user-interface or by command-arguments.
If you go to ClickMonitorDDC’s settings, you can click on Manage Mouse, Manage Hot Keys, or Timer Transfer Limits to customize your mouse shortcuts, keyboard shortcuts, or schedules. This allows you to (say) adjust the brightness with Ctrl+Shift+MouseWheel or set the brightness to automatically dim 50 percent at nighttime. There is a heap more useful information on the ClickMonitorDDC Home Page.
To be honest, a lot of this is somewhat above my pay grade, and overkill for someone like myself who uses a single monitor and doesn’t game at all. However, even in its simplest functionality, ClickMonitorDDC is sure a lot easier than messing about with the monitor’s fiddly little buttons and clunky menu system. A definite keeper for me.
NOTE: ClickMonitorDDDC is named after Display Data Channel (DDC), the communication protocol that monitors use to communicate with a PC’s graphics chip. To use ClickMonitorDDC, your monitor needs to support the DDC/CI command interface. Most modern monitors do, but you need to be aware that it may not work with every display currently on the market and especially older displays.