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How to disable the auto brightness in the Samsung Series 7 Slate

One of the things that I noticed right away with the Samsung Series 7 Slate was the auto brightness constantly changing the brightness on the Slate.  This is a real problem when I am holding it because I am left handed so my right hand holds the slate near the brightness sensor (1/3 of the way down the right side of the slate in the black/bezel area).  My right hand would always cover it or just go over the sensor causing the screen brightness to adjust.  It really got annoying, so I wanted to disable it, but I could not figure it out.  I finally found that there is a Samsung utility called Easy Settings that allows you control a bunch of settings including this auto brightness.

Well I am in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, so this is the following way to turn off.

1. Download the Samsung Easy Setting software to help you better control Touch, Power Management, Wireless, Display, Background, and Screen Saver.  Get it here.

2. Go to Manuals & Downloads, then to Software.

3. Find Easy Settings (software) (ver. and download.

Samsung Download (Easy Settings)

4. Comes in a zip file so unzip it into a folder

5. Find the Setup.EXE and run it in Windows 7 Compatibility mode.

Note: When I say to run in Windows 7 Compatibility mode = To install these drivers you will need to right click on the file, select Properties, click on the Compatibility tab. Put a check in the Compatibility Mode (Select Windows 7), Click ok and then double click on the file to install.

You may get a pop up about it not installing correctly.  Don’t worry it installs.  This should create a shortcut on your desktop.  Go ahead and launch it.

6. Click on the Display setting.

Samsung Easy Settings - Display Options

7. Uncheck “Use the auto brightness control depending on the ambient illumination” and then you can close the window.

Now you won’t be annoyed with the constant screen brightness changing.

UPDATE: (Windows 8 RTM)

The Samsung Easy Setting application is no longer working in Windows 8 RTM.  To work around this.

Open Control Panel | Hardware and Sound | Power Options

Click on the Change Plan Settings link to the right of the Power Plan.  Click on Change advanced power settings link.

Scroll down the list and look for Display and expand.

Under Enable adaptive brightness change to No.

  1. Carl
    April 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Thank you so much, I called samsung’s support…. they were no help at all.

    I just follow-up your steps and works perfectly, thanks again…. I really appreciate the tip:)

    • April 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Carl, glad it helped.

  2. Walter Hutchens
    May 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks for your helpful, clear and detailed posts on the Samsung series 7 State with Win8! That screen brightness flicker was during me mad!

    • May 27, 2012 at 8:00 am


      I am glad it helped you. I am right there with you. It drove me crazy as well.


  3. Jamie
    July 17, 2012 at 2:38 am

    yay brightness, I could barely see anything with the brightness changing on me all the time and i was changing it every 30 seconds, Thanking you!

    • July 17, 2012 at 4:12 am

      Hey, I’m glad it helped.

  4. Shadi
    August 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for the post, I tried running the setup file in compatibility mode, it installs fine, but when trying to run the application the program stops working. Any fix for this?

    • August 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm


      I have not run into problem. Not sure what to try.


      • Shadi
        August 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

        That’s ok. I managed to disable the auto adjust from the windows control panel anyway. Thanks.

  5. Alex
    September 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    How were you able to adjust from Windows?
    RTM will not let me install the Easy Settings software regardless of compatibility setting.
    Thanks! Alex

    • September 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Yeah, running into the same problem with Easy Settings app on RTM. I now have the //BUILD tablet and I can’t seem to reproduce the brightness issue now.

      But there should be a way as well in the Power Options. What do you have set for your Power Options?

      Control Panel | Hardware and Sound | Power Options |

      Try High Performance

      Or click on the Change Plan Settings link to the right of the Power Plan. Click on Change advanced power settings link.

      Scroll through the list:
      Look for Intel(R) Graphics Settings and expand.
      What do you have for On Battery and Plugged in?

      Scroll further down the list:
      Look for Display and expand.
      What do you have for the Enable adaptive brightness?

  6. Alex
    September 16, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Ah! I didn’t know about the Advanced power settings.
    There, under Display, there is an “Enable adaptive brightness”, it was On. I turned it Off.
    No more dimming!

    • September 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Awesome! I think I will update the blog post to include that since Easy Setting is no longer working in W8 RTM.

  7. Charles
    December 15, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Brilliant. Thx a lot from another left handed guy. I was already thinking my device had a screen issue. The update for win 8 is very useful. I would never have found it by myself.

    • Kristy
      January 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      I’m so glad u posted this! Any movement of my laptop and it seemed to change brightness. I thought something was wrong with it! Who would even make this setting at all??? A complete nuisance and very distracting. I hope samsung does not repeat this feature in future laptop designs

      • January 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

        I’m glad that it helped out.

  8. Simon
    February 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks Cameron this has helped keep my sanity! I don’t suppose you have seen an issue where there is a missing keyboard option? I don’t have the full keyboard option to select, which is the full keyboard option. This means I don’t have a tab etc unless I am plugged in!??

    • February 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      I think i saw that it is related to one of the versions of wacom drivers. I think the latest version of wacom should fix that.

      • Simon
        February 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm

        Thanks Cameron I appreciate your interest and help with this, I shall investigate this

  9. kim
    March 12, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for the help it was driving me nuts . A bit annoyed I have to run around the net to get my brand new technology to work properly ! Cheers

    • March 12, 2013 at 5:48 am


      I am glad that helped. It is an annoying feature. 🙂


  10. UncleVito
    May 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I just bought a samsung series 5 laptop (15″,1600×900) , and i have a similar issue with the display. The brightness/contrast is adjusted when switching from one application to another, from explorer to desktop etc… It is driving me crazy.I followed the steps above for windows 8 but it doesn’t work. Thanks for your advice

    • RC
      August 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Same here series 7, 13″ turned of adaptive brightness as explained above and also in services panel and put on maximum performance. It works but not completely – system still adapts (but not as aggressive). There is probably some Samsung software taking over, but I can’t find it. For all that think you fixed it – shine a flashlight into sensor near webcam and watch screen get brighter – you may or may not be surprised. Anyone have a fix?

  11. September 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Thank you so much! Took me WEEKS to figure this out (off & on hours & here there). Thank you thank you thank you! These exact directions worked for my Samsung Chronos 7 notebook (in Windows 8, but did all directions above)

    • September 19, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Glad it worked for you. Yeah, it is such a pain.

  12. Michael
    January 7, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    thank you so friggin much for this

    • January 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Glad it helped. More and more of these tablets and computers are coming with this enabled. Very irritating.

  13. March 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact pleassant
    to read everthing at one place.

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