How do I change my Windows screen saver?

Microsoft Windows users can turn off or change their screen saver and adjust its properties by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel window, click Appearance and Personalization.
  3. In Display click the Screen Saver tab.
  4. In the window that opens (shown below), under the Screen saver section, click the down arrow on the right side of the first box.
  5. Once you have selected your screen saver (if you do not want to have a screensaver, select None) and adjusted any other settings to your liking, click Apply, then click OK.

Tip: The Preview button allows you to try out a screen saver before you actually set it.

Screen saver


There is an option to add security for your idle computer in Microsoft Windows in the screen saver menu. If a user checks the box next to On resume, display logon screen, Windows will automatically take them to the logon screen when a screen saver has been activated and activity is resumed.

Away messages

If you step away from your computer and want to let others know, setting the screen saver as 3D Text is a fast and easy way to leave a message displayed. Once selected, click the Settings button and look for the Text section in the new window. Locate the Custom text: box to change the text displayed in your screen saver. For example, you could change the text from the default to: I'm out to lunch, will be back at 1:00.

Additional information

  • See the Screen Saver definition for further information and related links.