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ClickMonitorDDC 4.8.0.

0 Freeware

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.

The notification icons inform you about the monitor values, you simply look at the
icons to check if the wanted values are already set.
You can change monitor values by using sliders or clicking buttons, but you can
also create powerful command lines, which can be used in batch files
or popup menu entries or be appended in icon properties shortcut target.
You can also define hot keys or mouse wheel combinations for executing command-
lines, this even works in fullscreen-games!

A command line can consist of multiple arguments, for instance b 20 c 30 sets

monitor brightness 20 and contrast 30
b + 6 c - 8 increases actual brightness by 6 and decreases contrast by 8
optionally you can prepend monitorname or modelname or serialnumber or
2 b + 10 increases brightness of second monitor by 10
PL2779Q b 36 sets brightness 36 for monitor with name PL2779Q
use for monitorname or modelname or serialnumber at least two chars.
select monitor-color-profile, for instance p 6500K
change user-profile-colors, r for red, g for green, bl or l for blue, range 0-255
select monitor-input s HDMI1 s DisplayPort1 s DVI1 (or HDMI2 DisplayPort2
v 90 sets volume to 90%, v + 10 increases volume by 10%, v-8 decreases by 8%, m for
mute, u for unmute, x for shutting off monitors, q quits program.
t b 0 c 0 t b 90 c 80 toggles between b 0 c 0 and b 90 c 80

ClickMonitorDDC requires Windows 7, 8 or 10. You use this software at your own
risk, I disclaim any responsibility for any harm.
You are allowed to use and spread this program for free.

optional Argument optional Value
If you are using multiple monitors, b + or - 0 up to 100
sets brightness.
you can start command-line with c + or - 0 up to 100
sets contrast.
selecting a special monitor,
the following arguments will be p 6500K
select a color-temperature,
applied to this selected monitor.
possible temperatures are listed
If you do not select a monitor, in
the monitor under cursor if
you want to create your own color-temperature,
is auto-selected.
select User-color-temperature and modify colors
You can select a Monitor by Monitorname, by
changing red/green/blue-luminance.
Modelname, Serialnumber or Monitornumber. r + or - 0 up to 255
sets red-luminance
Monitorname is listed in g + or - 0 up to 255
sets green-luminance
ClickMonitorDDC-window. bl or l or i + or - 0 up to 255
sets blue-luminance
If you pause the mouse pointer over
the listed monitor there will appear s HDMI1
select a monitor-input, usable input-names
a tooltip-window with Modelname,
are listed in ClickMonitorDDC-RGB-area.
Serialnumber and so on, but not all

monitors deliver these informations. v + or - 0 up to 100

sets volume
Monitornumber means position of the m
mutes volume
listed monitor, but using monitornumber u
unmutes volume
is not recommended, because sometimes

windows changes positions. x

all monitors off (or specify monitorname x)
When specifying Monitorname, Modelname q
terminates ClickMonitorDDC
or Serialnumber, omit spaces, z
restarts ClickMonitorDDC
for instance HP w2207 ?
notification about current brightness/contrast/volume
must be written as HPw2207
or use "HP w2207" t
for instance t b 0 c 0 t b 90 c 80

toggles between b 0 c 0 and b 90 c 80

returns current Monitor-brightness
returns current Monitor-contrast

may be useful in batch files

You can use multiple arguments in one commandline (maximum length 259 chars), for
instance PL2779Q b + 10 c - 5 HPw2207 b 23 c 49

more Information

For controlling your monitor over monitorcable, a fully functional graphics driver
has to be installed, (AMD, NVIDIA, INTEL should work)
and make sure your monitor has DDC/CI-protocol enabled, also your monitor must
support MCCS (VESA Monitor Control Command Set),
but monitors differ in implementing MCCS, so not all arguments may work, especially
selecting color-profiles and inputs are often not fully supported,
besides some monitors offer predefined game and film-modes with fixed values, which
prevents some arguments from working.

ClickMonitorDDC is managed by its notification icons, therfore make sure that these
icons are not hidden, but shown on the taskbar notification area.
windows 7: right click taskbar, click properties, click customize notification
windows 10: right click taskbar, Settings, Select which icons appear on the
If you want to change the sequence of taskbar icons, simply drag and drop the icon.

ClickMonitorDDC also allows setting brightness of laptop/notebook-LCD-displays.

Laptops have special FN-key-combinations to do this,
nevertheless I implemented support for laptop-brightness, because laptops allow to
add an external monitor, and it would be irritating
if ClickMonitorDDC would not show both displays. ClickMonitorDDC shows values
between 0 - 100, which is fine with external monitors,
but some internal LCD-displays support less brightness-levels, the nearest level is
chosen automatically.

If you don't prepend a monitornumber, monitorname, modelname or serialnumber in

command-lines, then the commands affect the default monitor,
which is the selected monitor in ClickMonitorDDC-window, you can select another
monitor as default. If you run multiple monitors,
then ClickMonitorDDC automatically sets the monitor under the cursor as default
monitor, you can enable this feature in settings.

ClickMonitorDDC can create menu-popup-entries for executing command-lines, if you

enter an additional comment,
you can show or hide the corresponding commandline.

ClickMonitorDDC offers in settings an option named 'show notifications'

If you set values directly in ClickMonitorDDC-window, this option has no effect,
but if you press defined hot keys and ClickMonitorDDC-window is invisible,
then setting this option gives you an optical feedback, what the pressed hot key

ClickMonitorDDC supports easy to use command-line-arguments, maybe the rarely used

toggle-feature needs some extra explaination.
for instance define a hotkey with this commandline
t b 0 c 0 t b 100 c 100
first time you press the hotkey, you set monitor brightness 0 and contrast 0,
second time you press the same hotkey, you will set brightness 100, contrast 100,
third time behaves like first time and so on, this way using one hotkey, you can
execute two different profiles in turn.

In special settings, you can define up to 8 times to auto-run-command-lines.

Unchecking the corresponding checkbox deactivates the command-line.
If the time-condition is fulfilled then the command-line is executed one-time per
day, not permanently like some other software-color-filter-programs do.
ClickMonitorDDC instead changes the real internal monitor-hardware-values. Monitor-
values are stored in EEPROM inside monitor.
If EEPROMS are excessively written (at least more than 100000) they could lose
storage-functionality, so more a theoretical issue.
But for safety ClickMonitorDDC does not continuously write to monitor.
Also executing auto-command-lines only one time allows you still changing values as
you want.
07:00 AM b 30
08:00 AM b 40
09:00 AM b 50
07:30 PM b 40
08:20 PM b 30
08:40 PM b 20
If you boot up your computer at 02:00 PM then the nearest past time-command b 50 is
executed one-time per day, at 7:30 PM b 40 will be executed one-time.
You can force executing command-line again by restarting ClickMonitorDDC, really
exit and start again or use rescan monitors,
simply double-clicking ClickMonitorDDC will have no effect, because ClickMonitorDDC
does not start again, if already running.
Alternatively entering and leaving ClickMonitorDDC-settings will also check and run
You could also execute command-lines with multiple arguments
07:00 AM b 10 c 20 l 250
08:00 AM b 20 c 25 l 252
This would increase brightness, contrast and blue-luminance.

sometimes volume-icon was automatically added. fixed.
Two new settings-options
Verify values: After set value, read value from monitor, to check success, because
a few monitors report success, but in fact there was no change,
costs additional 50 ms.
Save values: A few monitors forget changes done by user over monitorcable after
powering off, this option makes sure that values are really stored in monitor,
costs additional 200 ms.
You can choose from seven different fonts for notification icons, especially useful
for differentiating multiple monitors.

Now you can run ClickMonitorDDC without notification icons, then ClickMonitorDDC-
main-window can only be opened by running program again (without arguments),
and context menu can only be opened by right clicking in ClickMonitorDDC-main-

Argument x shuts all monitors down to power-safe-mode, this is done by windows, and
is not monitor-specific.
Now if you prepend a monitornumber, monitorname, modelname or serialnumber then
only this monitor is set to power-safe-mode by using MCCS-VCP-control-code.
For instance the following command-line sets a monitor with name PHL32M and a
monitor with name HP27WZ to power-safe-mode. All other monitors are ignored.
PHL32M x HP27WZ x
Running this commandline again would wake up these monitors.
ClickMonitorDDC now shows brightness/contrast notification icons for each monitor,
not only one icon like in earlier versions,
this is very useful with multiple monitors, because now you can use mouse wheel for
each monitor-icon.
You should arrange notification icons by drag & drop. This cannot be done
automatically by program.
ClickMonitorDDC portable version is a file which can be run from any location
without installation, but you can also download a setup version,
which uses the standard Windows Install/Uninstall-procedure. Setup version was
created with Inno Setup by Jordan Russell, Martijn Laan.
If you want to 'uninstall' ClickMonitorDDC, right click notification icon and then
click 'Uninstall program' or use Windows Unsinstall program if using Setup version.
It doesn't matter which version you use, both versions run the same
ClickMonitorDDC.exe file.
If you mess around with monitor-buttons, ClickMonitorDDC may show outdated values.
Using the new Settings-Option 'Reread values from monitors' will force
ClickMonitorDDC to reread values from external monitors before opening
but this delays opening of ClickMonitorDDC-window, so normally this option is not
recommended, alternatively yon can right click notification icon and click 'Rescan
But if you only work with ClickMonitorDDC there will never be outdated values.
Windows informs programs if Laptop-LCD-brightness changes, but for external
monitors this is impossible.
ClickMonitorDDC is a small program without any suspicious activities, no calling
home, no update-function, no writing to registry,
nevertheless sometimes very few heuristic Anti-Virus-engines think there would be
suspicious code and show an unspecific warning.
This new version is created with other compiler option and at least for the moment
the warnings are gone.
ClickMonitorDDC supports multiple monitors, simply by clicking in the main-window,
or by using commandlines with monitorname/modelname/serialnumber/monitornumber,
these commandlines can also be used for mouse wheel + key-combinations, but for
easy use, you can simply use mouse wheel alone over noctification-icons.
ClickMonitorDDC realizes hotkeys by keyboard/mouse-hooks.
Now these hooks run in a separate thread, this way mouse/keyboard-handling should
always be smooth.
Moving settings window around could sometimes cause some incorrect redrawing of
settings window. Fixed.
Maybe you have an AV Receiver connected, which shows up as a monitor, but cannot be
controlled or there is an additional monitor connected, you never use.
You can right click an uncontrollable device (which is listed with brightness ?
contrast ?),
then you can click 'Ignore monitor -> ClickMonitorDDC-window opens a little bit
faster', from now on ClickMonitorDDC-window should open a little bit faster.
Click 'Utilize monitor' if the device shall be checked again.
Clicking 'Copy Debug-Infos of all monitors to Clipboard' can be used to email some
debug-infos to the program-author.
These are only some special data, not a complete feature-listing of the monitors.
ClickMonitorDDC was primarily developed to control external monitors in the most
user-friendly way, for instance use mouse wheel over icons or define hot-keys and
so on.
Internal Laptop-LCD have built-in brightness-support by using FN-keyboard-keys or
windows-sliders, but ClickMonitorDDC can also speed up handling of internal Laptop-
This version comes with an unique feature for Laptop-Displays, activate this
feature in settings by clicking 'same Laptop-Brightness for battery and plugged',
from now on Laptop-Display keeps same brightness ignoring power-source-changes.
Windows 10 comes with an additional Battery saver feature, which can automatically
lower brightness, so for instance brightness 100 is forced down to brightness 70,
there is no way to set brightness back to 100 if Battery saver with lower
brightness option is active,
therefore 'same Laptop-Brightness for battery and plugged' is temporarily
deactivated if Battery saver is detected.
Battery saver also gets automatically activated if 'Power saver' plan is chosen and
Laptop is on battery.
Monitor name should be defined in EDID using 0xFC descriptor, external monitors
normally do this, but internal LCD-Display
often do not implement this 0xFC descriptor, instead sometimes there is a 0xFE
descriptor, which means unspecified text,
ClickMonitorDDC now uses this unspecified text for monitor name if there is no
concrete monitor name definition.
ClickMonitorDDC shows values between 0 - 100, which is fine with external monitors,
but internal LCD-display may support less levels, often only 16 levels,
for instance 1 3 4 5 6 8 10 13 17 22 29 38 49 63 80 100. Windows says every laptop
must report a maximum brightness level of 100,
but there are old laptops reporting for instance 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
These numbers only reflect a corresponding hardware-brightness-level and different
Laptop models often have different numbers.
ClickMonitorDDC now recalculates level numbers to 0 - 100 in a linear more user-
friendly way.
Behavior of the 8 timers for auto-run commands was improved.
ClickMonitorDDC now uses for Laptop-Display-handling WmiMonitorBrightnessEvent,
WmiMonitorBrightness, WmiSetBrightness, GetMonitorRawEEdidV1Block instead of


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