How to change a computer screen saver

Updated: 12/09/2018 by Computer Hope

The Windows logo.Computer users can enable, disable, or change their screen saver as well as adjust its properties by following the steps below. Click the link for the version of Microsoft Windows you're using or the Apple Mac link if you're using an Apple computer.

Screen saver in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Press the Windows key, type Change screen saver, then press Enter.
  2. In the Screen Saver Settings window, click the down arrow.

The menu in which users may select a screen saver.

  1. Once you've made your selection from the drop-down menu, click Apply (A) and then OK (B).

Applying a screen saver in Windows.

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

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."

Change screen saver in 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.

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."

Change screen saver on an Apple Mac

  1. Select System Preferences The System Preferences icon. from the Dock.
  2. In the System Preferences window, select Desktop & Screen Saver.

The icon that allows users to access the macOS desktop and screen saver settings.

  1. On the Screen Saver menu, choose the folder in which your image is located (A), select your image on the right (B), then (optional) choose how you want the image to fit the screen (C).

The window in which users choose their screen saver on a Mac.

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