On my MacBook Pro 2012, I can't change the screen brightness. When I click on the brightness keyboard controls, nothing happens. Under System Preferences → Displays, the Brightness slider is missing:


I have also tried with an AppleScript and when I run it, I hear an error sound:

tell application "System Events"
    key code 107
end tell

Where does the problem come from? How do I adjust the brightness?

  • Do the F1 and F2 function keys work to control brightness? Note: Depending on System Preferences > Keyboard, you might have to press the Fn key as well. If [√] Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys is checked you need to use Fn key too. Jun 17 '19 at 19:54
  • @user3439894 i tried with both...
    – Pol
    Jun 17 '19 at 20:19
  • @user3439894 also the keys for the keyboard brightness are working
    – Pol
    Jun 17 '19 at 20:23
  • Welcome to Ask Different :) Try using this app to adjust screen brightness: Shades.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Jun 18 '19 at 2:04

Restarting the Mac fixed the issue for me. I can now set the screen brightness alright.

Apparently it's a mysterious bug in macOS.

Update: @uzair-hayat pointed out that changing the Display Scale in Settings will bring back the brightness slider.

Brightness Display Settings

  • Thanks, just went through exactly the same thing on my mid-2014 Macbook - keys didn't work and brightness slider was missing from Displays panel. Catalina 10.15.5
    – Andy Dent
    Jun 26 '20 at 4:14
  • 5
    While restarting would hopefully do the trick, another thing that worked for me is to change the Display Scale, after which things were back to normal for me. Dec 5 '20 at 2:00
  • Genius comment, yes, changing the scale helped me regain control of my brightness without a restart
    – Andrei
    Jun 18 at 21:10

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