I have a mid-2011 27" iMac. I have realized that the screen brightness adjusts depending on the ambient light. When the sun hides behind the clouds, and the room gets darker, the brightness decreases. I have located the sensor to be the camera. When putting a finger over the camera on top of the screen I can reproduce the sun hiding.

How do I turn this magic feature off?

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System Preferences → Displays → Automatically adjust brightness

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    Thanks! I really tried to google for this answer but didn't find anything relevant. StackExchange is the greatest.
    – matpe
    Commented Mar 10, 2012 at 14:51

In System Preferences, go to the Displays section, under Hardware. There is a slider to control brightness, and right under it (or next to it) there is a checkbox to control automatic brightness adjustment.

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  • I have a mid-2010 27" iMac, using OS Lion. The "Automatically adjust brightness" checkbox does not appear in Displays.
    – user87928
    Commented Aug 16, 2014 at 20:28
  • @MikeSchneider Before 2011, iMacs were not equipped with an ambient light sensor, so they can't measure brightness levels. Sorry!
    – Tuesday
    Commented Aug 28, 2014 at 21:47

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