How to Create a Screen Saver With a Rotating Image

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Newly bought computers come with a variety of screen saver options, but some users prefer to create their own customized screen savers for their computers. Screen savers that use rotating images can be created by anyone who has image files, such as photographs or clip art, saved on their computer. If you would like to create a screen saver with a rotating image using your own stored pictures, free software is available online that can simplify the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Image files, such as photographs or clip art
  • Download a screen saver program that has rotating-image capabilities. Software review site software.informer.com lists a few programs that can create rotating image screen savers, including the free program Dcat Screen Saver (see links in References and Resources below).

  • Install the Dcat Screen Saver software onto your computer. Once the file has downloaded, open the “Downloads” folder on your computer and double-click the “Dcat” icon. When the setup window comes up, follow the onscreen information through the setup process.

  • Create a directory for the images that you would like to include in the rotation on your computer’s screen saver. The directory can be stored anywhere on your computer’s hard drive. To create a directory on your desktop, for instance, right-click anywhere on the desktop, hover over “New” and choose “Folder.” Type a name for the folder and click “Enter.”

  • Move the images that you want in the screen saver into the new directory. To copy the images into the directory, double-click the folder on the desktop to open it. Go to the “Start” menu and select “My Computer” to see all of the folders on the computer’s hard drive. Navigate to a folder that contains images, click on any image and hold down the left mouse button as you drag the image from its current folder into the screen saver directory folder. Repeat this process until all of the images you want to include have been moved into the directory.

  • Upload the screen saver directory to the screen saver program. Click on the “Image Files” tab and click the “Images” button under “Select Directory.” Navigate to the desktop and click on the name of the screen saver directory folder. Click “Apply” for the changes to take effect.

  • Go to the “Transitions” tab. Choose “Rotate” from the drop-down list next to the “A” button in the middle of the screen. Click “OK,” and a rotating screen saver will be created using the images that you have uploaded.

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