How to Put a Computer in Screensaver Mode

A screen saver helps to prevent CRT monitors from having still images "burnt-in" to their screens by filling them with moving pictures, objects or graphics. They are also used for security purposes or aesthetic reasons in different monitor types, such as LCD screens. The screen saver can be configured to turn on after a period of inactivity in the computer. If needed, the computer can also be manually put into screen saver mode by using the Screen Saver Settings feature.


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      Click "Start," then "Control Panel." The "Control Panel" window will open.

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      Click "Appearance and Personalization" from the list of options. Click "Personalization," then click "Screen Saver" in the lower-right corner of the window. The "Screen Saver Settings" dialog window will open.

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      Click the dropdown list in the "Screen Saver" box and choose a screen saver. Click the "Preview" button to immediately turn on the screen saver. To turn it off, press any key on the keyboard or move the mouse.

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      Click the up or down arrow keys in the "Wait" box to control the amount of time the computer must remain idle before the screen saver automatically turns on.

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      Click the check box next to "On resume, display logon screen," to require users to enter a password to access the system when the computer's screen saver is on. Click the "Apply" button, then "OK."

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