How to change screen saver

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

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10
Windows XP

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel window, click Appearance and Personalization.
  3. Under Personalization click Change screen saver.
  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 screen saver, 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 it is set.

Screen saver

Tip: If you check the box next to On resume, display logon screen, Windows opens the logon screen when a screen saver is disabled. Checking this option is an excellent way to protect your computer when you are away from your desk.

Tip: If you step away from your computer and want to let others know when you'll be back you can use the "3D Text" screen saver as a way to leave a message. 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 set the text from the default to "I'm out to lunch, will be back at 1:00."

Windows XP

  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 screen saver, 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 it is set.

Screen saver

Tip: If you check the box next to On resume, display logon screen, Windows opens the logon screen when a screen saver is disabled. Checking this option is an excellent way to protect your computer when you are away from your desk.

Tip: If you step away from your computer and want to let others know when you'll be back you can use the "3D Text" screen saver as a way to leave a message. 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 set the text from the default to "I'm out to lunch, will be back at 1:00."

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