System Turn On or Off HDR for Display in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off use HDR for a display in Windows 11.

HDR content on Windows offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene, but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.

HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, so you get to see all the details.

As hardware improves, more and more devices can display HDR content. If you’ve been looking at the latest TVs and monitors, you’ve probably seen the term HDR more frequently. With HDR in Windows, you’ll start to see HDR content when you use your Windows 11 devices as well.

To get the best HDR experience, use a device with a true HDR10 display. You’ll need this kind of display for HDR apps and games. For video, the best experience will be on a true HDR display. However, you can still play HDR content on many newer, non-HDR laptops as well.

If your connected TV, external display, or built-in display(s) meets the requirements for HDR10, you will be able to turn on and off HDR for the HDR-capable display in Windows 11.

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Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off HDR for All HDR-capable Displays using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off HDR for All HDR-capable Displays on Xbox Game Bar
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off HDR for Specific HDR-capable Display in Display Settings
  • Option Four: Turn On or Off HDR for Specific HDR-capable Display in HDR Settings




Option One

Turn On or Off HDR for All HDR-capable Displays using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Win + Alt + B keys to toggle HDR on or off for all HDR-capable displays.





Option Two

Turn On or Off HDR for All HDR-capable Displays on Xbox Game Bar


1 Press the Win + G keys to open the Xbox Game Bar.

2 Click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon on the game bar. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on Gaming features in Settings.

4 Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Use HDR with compatible display for what you want.

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Option Three

Turn On or Off HDR for Specific HDR-capable Display in Display Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 If you have multiple displays connected to your PC, choose the HDR-capable display you want at the top. (see screenshot below)

4 Turn On (default) or Off Use HDR for what you want.

5 You can now close Settings if you like.

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Option Four

Turn On or Off HDR for Specific HDR-capable Display in HDR Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on Use HDR on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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4 If you have multiple displays connected to your PC, choose the HDR-capable display you want in the Select a display to view or change its settings drop menu. (see screenshots below)

5 Turn On (default) or Off Use HDR for what you want.

If you turn on HDR, you will have other HDR settings available to change if wanted.


6 You can now close Settings if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hey there, I've been using Win+Alt+B via Autohotkey for ages as my short skip back command in YouTube TV, and I just upgraded to Windows 11 and discovered that Windows has taken it over. I see that the shortcut's documented in Xbox Game Bar's "Settings -> Gaming features", and while it's possible to assign another shortcut under Settings -> Shortcuts, Win+Alt+B continues to toggle HDR. Is there any way to make Windows relinquish the key? If not, is it possible to uninstall Xbox Game Bar, assuming that's the thing responsible for this? I really want my Win+Alt+B back, as I use it literally a dozen or more times per day, every day, and I've been doing this since 2018.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
Hey there, I've been using Win+Alt+B via Autohotkey for ages as my short skip back command in YouTube TV, and I just upgraded to Windows 11 and discovered that Windows has taken it over. I see that the shortcut's documented in Xbox Game Bar's "Settings -> Gaming features", and while it's possible to assign another shortcut under Settings -> Shortcuts, Win+Alt+B continues to toggle HDR. Is there any way to make Windows relinquish the key? If not, is it possible to uninstall Xbox Game Bar, assuming that's the thing responsible for this? I really want my Win+Alt+B back, as I use it literally a dozen or more times per day, every day, and I've been doing this since 2018.

I got my Win+Alt+B back by uninstalling Game Bar per the instructions in this message, which gives a shout-out to tenforums BTW:


In particular, I did the following, and it was all I had to do:

Code:
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -PackageTypeFilter Bundle *xboxgaming* | Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers

That kills Win+Alt+B, Win+G, and the other Xbox shortcuts. Among other things, removing *xbox* as described elsewhere in that post also got rid of "Xbox Accessories", the configuration package for my Xbox controller, and I had to reinstall it and an Xbox Identity Provider from the Windows store. Note that if you just want to list what this command will affect, remove the pipe from the end of the command, and it will print out the matching packages.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
In addition to further help with uninstalled built-in provisioned apps: :-)

 

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