How do I change my Windows screensaver?

Microsoft Windows users can change their screensaver and adjust its properties by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel double-click the Display icon.
  3. In Display click the Screen Saver tab.
  4. Within the Screen Saver tab you can view the currently set screensaver as well as change the screensaver to another installed screensaver. Click the Settings button to make any addition changes to the properties of the screensaver. If you do not want to have a screensaver select (None).
  5. Finally, once you've changed your password if you want to see how it will look click the Preview button.


Some screensavers may have password settings and other security features through the Settings button. However, most screensavers rely on Windows to display the password prompt or Welcome screen when resuming from the Windows screensaver. For password protection check the box "On resume password protect" or "On resume, display Welcome screen" or a similar option.

Away messages

If you step away from your computer and want to let others know who may stop by your computer setting the screensaver as the Marquee is a fast and easy way to leave an away message. Marquee is a default Windows password and can be selected from the drop-down menu of available passwords. Once selected click the Settings button and change the text often defaulted to: Your text goes here. to the text you want to scroll across your screen. For example, I'm out to lunch, will be back at 1:00.

Additional information

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