When I’m in the middle of a major migraine attack, there are few things worse than a bright computer screen. On the other hand, sometimes doing something on the computer can get my mind off the pain. So, I dim the screen a lot.
On some computers, this is easy. On others, it isn’t. Here are some quick tips for getting that screen dim when you want it dim…
Dim the internet: This is the killer idea that inspired me to write this post. It’s called the Darken bookmarklet. Open up that page using Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera, and install the bookmarklet as directed. Then, whenever you need less light, wherever you are on the net, click the button. BANG! The page now has a dark background with grey type. Much better.
The drawback is that you do need to do this for each page you visit. If you’re surfing wildly, that could be difficult. However, if you use the Firefox browser (and you might as well – it’s free), you can use the Greasemonkey extension to do all kinds of nifty things to the websites you visit. In this case, you can install a Darken script that allows you to permanently darken certain pages.
A couple other dim ideas? Here’s a screen dimmer for Mac, with a lot of options. Finally, a screensaver that simply gradually dims your screen – great if you’re stuck in the same room with your computer and you need to leave it on. All three of these ideas came from Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide (no, they didn’t pay me for the mention!).
One final idea for you. On some computers, especially laptops, there are settings for dimming your monitor. You may need to make sure you have the latest software from your laptop’s manufacturer, especially if you’ve upgraded your laptop since you bought it (ie to XP or Vista). You might even be able to have a setting on your computer labeled Ack! I have a headache!, so that you can click it and automatically dim your screen.
Any other good tips out there for dimming your computer screen?