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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming

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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming
    I knew I wasn't going crazy. I could have sworn that I saw the screen dim itself when unplugged, despite me keeping the brightness half-way. What happened was that I gently moved my finger across the webcam to remove a bit of lint that was on it, when all of a sudden the screen dimmed. It went back to normal once I removed my finger to stop covering it.

    I'm new to Macs in general (especially the MBP), so I have to ask, is this common? What are the uses for it? Is there a way to turn it off?

    Kind of neat, nonetheless.


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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming
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    haha yeah this is normal! One of my favourite features as well!

    It just means that you don't have a really really bright screen in darker areas thus reducing eye strain!

    If you go to System preferences and then Displays there should be an option at the bottom of the window saying 'Automatically adjust brightness as ambient light changes' just untick the box to disable it!

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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming

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    Quote Originally Posted by G3XOI View Post
    haha yeah this is normal! One of my favourite features as well!

    It just means that you don't have a really really bright screen in darker areas thus reducing eye strain!
    Just like on the iPhone. Autobrightness is definitely a step up

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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming

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    And only on MacbookPro, not on my MAcbook grrr lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnceYouGoMac View Post
    And only on MacbookPro, not on my MAcbook grrr lol
    My Macbook does it

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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming
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    My Macbook does it too.

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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming

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    Oh..hmm. And you say System Preferences, Displays, and there is just a tick box on the bottom of the first screen?

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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming

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    The new Macbooks must not have it, as it is not an option anywhere that I can see.

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    Macbook Pro Screen Dimming
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    Quote Originally Posted by OnceYouGoMac View Post
    Oh..hmm. And you say System Preferences, Displays, and there is just a tick box on the bottom of the first screen?
    Yeah that's right! I am using a dual-screen set up so mine looks like this:


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