How to Turn On Your Screen Saver Manually

The importance of having a functional screen saver for your computer is extremely high. Because the phosphor compounds in your computer screen can grow weak over time, leaving your screen on any image for an extended period of time may result in that image being "burned" into the screen. This effect is permanent, leaving a lasting impression on your computer monitor, which can be fixed only by replacing it with a new one.


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      Click the "Start" or "Windows" button in the lower-left corner of the screen. This will open the Start menu for your PC, allowing you to access the computer files not on the desktop.

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      Click the icon for "Control Panel." The "Control Panel" allows you to adjust the functionality of your computer's hardware, as well as its system defaults.

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      Click the icon for "Appearance and Themes." "Appearance and Themes" is often the very first icon in the Control Panel, although in some Windows operating systems this is not always the case, so you may have to look through the list presented to you.

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      Click, from the list under the words "Pick a Task," the option "Choose a screen saver." It will appear with a green arrow next to it, and you can click either the text or the button. Once you do, it will open a window for the "Display Properties," set on the "Screen Saver" tab.

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      Click the button labeled "Preview" to manually turn your screen saver on. It will turn off again once you move the mouse or press any key. If your computer does not already have a screen saver set, you can choose one by selecting from the drop-down list and then clicking "Apply."

Tips & Warnings

  • If your screen saver is not coming on when you expect it to, try decreasing the amount of time needed before it activates. This option is found under the "Screen Saver" tab in the "Display Properties" window.
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