Screenshots of the effects of Gamma Control

Left 4 Dead with normal gamma

Left 4 Dead with normal gamma

Left 4 Dead with gamma up

Left 4 Dead with gamma up

Minecraft with normal gamma

Minecraft with normal gamma

Minecraft with gamma up

Minecraft with gamma up

Max Payne with normal gamma

Max Payne with normal gamma

Max Payne with gamma up

Max Payne with gamma up

Gamma Control is an easy to use software designed to let you adjust the gamma on your computer, by just pressing a combination of keys on your keyboard, and/or mouse. Or you can adjust the gamma levels by using a trackbar.
Gamma Control allows you to put your monitor to sleep, by pressing key combinations, which especially proves useful if you have more than one monitor, and you wish you put them in standby mode when you leave.

In version 5 of Gamma Control, a profile manager has been added, so you can customize the hotkeys to fit your needs for each game. You can change profiles from Gamma Control, or by right-clicking the tray icon, and "Select Profile".

This software is especially useful when gaming, as you only need to press the key combinations and not having to quit the game. Additionally Gamma Control offers a preset, which is controlled by "CTRL + ALT + S" and "CTRL + ALT + W" by standard, to adjust the gamma respectively to 0 and to the previous used configuration.

How it works (standard combinations):
"CTRL + ALT + +" to turn up the gamma.
"CTRL + ALT + -" to turn it down.
"CTRL + ALT + *" to make default gamma.
"CTRL + ALT + S" press this combination, and your gamma setting will go to Default.(useful in-game).
"CTRL + ALT + W" press this combination, and your gamma will go back to your last used gamma setting.(useful in-game).
"CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + S" press this combination, and your monitor will enter stand-by.

Tested to work on:

Microsoft Windows 7 32 bit (x86)
Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit (x64)
Microsoft Windows 8 32 bit (x86)
Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit (x64)
Microsoft Windows 10 32 bit (x86)
Microsoft Windows 10 64 bit (x64)

Does not work on Windows XP

Updates released for Gamma Control 5

At any update, you will be asked to register Gamma Control again after re-launching.

Update release: 120919

Released the 12th of September 2019

Changes made:
- Gamma Range is now set between 0-100. Default Gamma at 50.
- A more secure channel is now used for updates and license checking.

Fixes made:
- You can now activate Gamma Control correctly again.

Update release: 121018

Released the 12th of October 2018

Changes made:
- Changed the "Direct Support" button on the Help page to send you to the Support page instead of Contact.
- Added accept EULA checkbox on the register box.

Fixes made:
- Fixed a couple of "invalid hook" errors.
- Fixed bug where Gamma Control could not relaunch from tray icon on Windows 7 32 bit.

Update release: 170218

Released the 17th of February 2018

Changes made:
- New save location for profiles (Saves in %APPDATA%/DesktopNerds/GammaControl/)
- New start up with Windows method (Instead of writing to registry, it creates a shortcut in the Windows Startup folder)
- No longer prompts UAC! (only for updates!)
- Disables all key lists when Default Profile is selected in Options, as Default Profile cannot be changed, and to avoid confusion.

Update release: 260517

Released the 26th of May 2017

Fixes made:
- Fixed issue where scroll up and scroll down binds would not save properly.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Question
Why is the gamma setting in Gamma Control going instantly back to default. No matter whether hotkeys or track bar is used.

This incident has been seen when using Flux software along with Gamma Control. Flux will take the steering and reset Gamma Control. Close Flux to use Gamma Control, and vice versa.

2. Question
Why is Gamma Control requesting that I reactivate my license, when I have not even updated?

This could be one, or bothof the following reasons:

  • You have installed a virtual network card, from eg, VirtualBox, LogMeIn, or a VPN client.
  • You have unassigned your license from the control panel.

3. Question
Does Gamma Control 5 prompt UAC (User Account Control) like Gamma Control 4?

As of update 170218 it does not anymore, no.
However! If you run a game with administrator privileges, Gamma Control 5 might not be able to work, unless also run with administrator privileges. A fix is being worked on!

4. Question
I have activated my license on 2 computers, and when I log in now, it says I have 1 activation left. Does it mean that I can only activate 1 more time and then I need to buy a new license?

When you buy a Gamma Control 5 license, you will be granted 3 concurrent activations of that license. This means that you can activate your license on computer X, Y and Z at the same time. You may be asked to re-apply the license on e.g. computer Y, but this does not count down your activations.
If you want to activate the license on computer H, then you simply log in to your control panel, unassign either X, Y or Z, and apply the license on computer H. If you have 4 computers that you want to use at the same time, then you need to buy another license. - Several licenses can be tied to the same account.

Uninstall guides

Windows 10 - Uninstall

1. Open Programs and Features.
2. Right-click in the bottom-left corner and choose the Programs and Features from the menu.
3. Select Gamma Control and then click Uninstall.

Go to C:/Program Files(x86)/DesktopNerds and delete the folder "Gamma Control"

Go to %APPDATA%/DesktopNerds and delete the folder "Gamma Control"

Windows 8 - Uninstall

1. Open Programs and Features.
2. Right-click in the bottom-left corner and choose the Control Panel from the menu.
3. Click Uninstall a Program.
4. Select Gamma Control and then click Uninstall.

Go to C:/Program Files(x86)/DesktopNerds and delete the folder "Gamma Control"

Go to %APPDATA%/DesktopNerds and delete the folder "Gamma Control"

Windows 7 - Uninstall

1. Open Programs and Features.
2. Click Start.
3. Click Control Panel.
4. Click Programs and Features.
5. Select Gamma Control and then click Uninstall.

Go to C:/Program Files(x86)/DesktopNerds and delete the folder "Gamma Control"

Go to %APPDATA%/DesktopNerds and delete the folder "Gamma Control"

Version: 5

Language: English

Size: 0.90 MB

File Name: GammaControl5setup.exe

MD5: Current on DesktopNerds 04D48FF21AAAD7E0674FCDF246342E67

Previous MD5: 4C5AA91556D5691CC2BFDBE7502B3AEA 5CF74C39CF49DD36A3019F3988062282 EA2AE52DB70B3C846DBF9F5BE9709073

Date Published: 09/05 - 2017

- .NET version 4.6.2+ (Download latest .NET)
- Internet connection
- License key, which can be bought here. 1 license provides 3 simultaneous activations.
- Additionally an account is required to keep track of your license(s). An account will be created with the email supplied when buying.


Gamma Control 5 does NOT yet work with Windows Update 1903


Gamma Control 5 is discontinued and can no longer be bought. Read more about it here.

Download “Gamma Control 5” GammaControl5setup.exe – Downloaded 5172 times – 540 KB

Gamma Control 5

Copyright (c) 2018 DesktopNerds

Last updated: 10th of February 2018



By receiving, opening the file package, and/or using Gamma Control 5("Software") containing this software, you agree that this End User License Agreement(EULA) is a legally binding and valid contract and agree to be bound by it. You agree to abide by the intellectual property laws and all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Unless you have a different license agreement signed by DesktopNerds your use of Gamma Control 5 indicates your acceptance of this license agreement and warranty.

Subject to the terms of this Agreement, DesktopNerds grants to you, a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license, without right to sub-license, to use Gamma Control 5 in accordance with this Agreement and any other written agreement with DesktopNerds. DesktopNerds does not transfer the title of Gamma Control 5 to you; the license granted to you is not a sale. This agreement is a binding legal agreement between DesktopNerds and the purchasers or users of Gamma Control 5.

If you do not agree to be bound by this agreement, remove Gamma Control 5 from your computer now.

1.1 Scope of license

Should you for some reason require a refund, and it is granted, DesktopNerds reserves the right ot revoke the license and delete the account, given there is only 1 license on the account. Should there be more than one license, the account will persist, and only the license will be revoked.

1.2 Additional requirements

You agree to having understood that the license and Gamma Control, will only work, if you have fulfilled the following requirements; Installed .NET v4 (minimum), functioning internet connection, an account at DesktopNerds.


Gamma Control 5 and the license herein granted shall not be copied, shared, distributed, re-sold, offered for re-sale, transferred or sub-licensed in whole or in part. For information about redistribution of Gamma Control 5 contact DesktopNerds.


3.1 Use

Your license to use Gamma Control 5 is limited to the number of licenses purchased by you. You shall not allow others to use, copy or evaluate copies of Gamma Control 5.

3.2 Use Restrictions

You shall use Gamma Control 5 in compliance with all applicable laws and not for any unlawful purpose. Without limiting the foregoing, use, display or distribution of Gamma Control 5 together with material that is pornographic, racist, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, libelous, abusive, promoting hatred, discriminating or displaying prejudice based on religion, ethnic heritage, race, sexual orientation or age is strictly prohibited.

Each licensed copy of Gamma Control 5 may be used on up to 3 (three) computers, owned by one user. Use of Gamma Control 5 means that you have loaded, installed, or run Gamma Control 5 on a computer or similar device. If you install Gamma Control 5 onto a multi-user platform, server or network, each and every individual user of Gamma Control 5 must be licensed separately, where each individual user will be granted 3 activations of Gamma Control 5.

Other users may not use your copy of Gamma Control 5. The assignment, sublicense, networking, sale, or distribution of copies of Gamma Control 5 are strictly forbidden without the prior written consent of DesktopNerds. It is a violation of this agreement to assign, sell, share, loan, rent, lease, borrow, network or transfer the use of Gamma Control 5. If any person other than yourself uses Gamma Control 5 registered in your name, regardless of whether it is at the same time or different times, then this agreement is being violated and you are responsible for that violation!

3.3 Copyright Restriction

This Software contains copyrighted material, trade secrets and other proprietary material. You shall not, and shall not attempt to, modify, reverse engineer, disassemble or decompile Gamma Control 5. Nor can you create any derivative works or other works that are based upon or derived from Gamma Control 5 in whole or in part.

DesktopNerds's name, logo and graphics file that represents Gamma Control 5 shall not be used in any way to promote products developed with Gamma Control 5. DesktopNerds retains sole and exclusive ownership of all right, title and interest in and to Gamma Control 5 and all Intellectual Property rights relating thereto.

Copyright law and international copyright treaty provisions protect all parts of Gamma Control 5, products and services. No program, code, part, image, audio sample, or text may be copied or used in any way by the user except as intended within the bounds of the single user program. All rights not expressly granted hereunder are reserved for DesktopNerds.

3.4 Limitation of Responsibility

You will indemnify, hold harmless, and defend DesktopNerds, its employees, agents and distributors against any and all claims, proceedings, demand and costs resulting from or in any way connected with your use of DesktopNerds's Software.

In no event (including, without limitation, in the event of negligence) will DesktopNerds , its employees, agents or distributors be liable for any consequential, incidental, indirect, special or punitive damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of profits, loss of use, business interruption, loss of information or data, or pecuniary loss), in connection with or arising out of or related to this Agreement, Gamma Control 5 or the use or inability to use Gamma Control 5 or the furnishing, performance or use of any other matters hereunder whether based upon contract, tort or any other theory including negligence.

DesktopNerds's entire liability, without exception, is limited to the customers' reimbursement of the purchase price of the Software (maximum being the lesser of the amount paid by you and the suggested retail price as listed by DesktopNerds) in exchange for the return of the product, all copies, registration papers and manuals, and all materials that constitute a transfer of license from the customer back to DesktopNerds.

3.5 Warranties

Except as expressly stated in writing, DesktopNerds makes no representation or warranties in respect of this Software and expressly excludes all other warranties, expressed or implied, oral or written, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantable quality or fitness for a particular purpose.

3.6 Governing Law

This Agreement shall be governed by the law of the Denmark applicable therein. You hereby irrevocably attorn and submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Denmark therefrom. If any provision shall be considered unlawful, void or otherwise unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this License and not affect the validity and enforceability of any other provisions.

3.7 Termination

Any failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement will result in automatic and immediate termination of this license. Upon termination of this license granted herein for any reason, you agree to immediately cease use of Gamma Control 5 and destroy all copies of Gamma Control 5 supplied under this Agreement. The financial obligations incurred by you shall survive the expiration or termination of this license.




5.1 Consent of use of data

You agree that DesktopNerds may collect and use information gathered in any manner as part of the product support services provided to you, if any, related to Gamma Control 5. DesktopNerds may also use this information to provide notices to you which may be of use or interest to you.

5.2 Consent of collection of data

In order for Gamma Control to function, you hereby grant permission to collect; IP, OS version, computer name, MAC address and email. You grant permission that DesktopNerds may keep this data, for the entire period that Gamma Control is being used, or you wish to still use it in the future. By deletion of the data, and user account on DesktopNerds, Gamma Control is no longer usable.

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