How to Put a Screensaver on My Computer

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A screensaver pops up on your computer screen after you have left the machine idle for a specified amount of time. The screensaver can be something as simple as a photo slideshow or it can be a video or animation. Installing a screensaver on your computer doesn't require a degree in computer science.


  1. Right-click in any empty location on your Desktop and select "Properties" from the menu that appears.

  2. Click on the "Screensaver" tab in the "Display options" window. Then, click on the the drop-down menu under the word "Screensaver."

  3. Select a screensaver you'd like to use from the list of available Windows screensavers. When you find one you think you like, click on the "Preview" button. It will then give you a full-screen preview of what your selected screensaver will look like. Simply move your mouse or press a key on the keyboard to stop the preview.

  4. Set a specific amount of time for your computer to wait after being idle before it launches the screensaver. Do this by clicking the up or down arrows next to the word "Wait."

  5. Click the "Apply" button and then click on "OK." You've now added a screensaver to your computer.



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