How to Make a Scrolling Screensaver


Screensavers are used to protect CRT or plasma computer monitors from burn-in, which means a mark on a screen caused by displaying a bright image for a long period of time. However, LCD monitors do not suffer from this problem and so an increasing amount of screensavers are used purely for amusement. The scrolling screensaver, called the Marquee, was last available on the Windows XP operating system. It featured a text, written by the user, continuously passing through the screen. The speed, placement and font of this text can be modified.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP or a previous version
  • Ensure you can see your desktop by exiting or minimizing any open windows.

  • Right-click anywhere on the screen that is not an icon or the taskbar.

  • Find and select "Properties" from the right-click menu.

  • Click on the "Screen Saver" tab.

  • Click the arrow below the word "Screen Saver" in the center Display Properties box to open the drop-down menu.

  • Find the "Marquee" option and select it.

  • Click on the "Wait" box and use your keyboard to enter the number of minutes you would like your computer to wait before running the screensaver. Alternatively use the up and down arrows to the right of the box to achieve the same results.

  • Check the "On Resume, Password Protect" box if you would like for anyone who interrupts the screensaver to be asked for their computer logon password.

  • Click on the "Settings" button.

  • Click on the "Centered" radio button if you would like your text to scroll through the middle of the screen, or the "Random" radio button if you would prefer that the text scrolled at different heights each time around.

  • Drag the "Speed" slider bar right to make the text move faster or left for it to pass through the screen slower. An example box will show the results of your changes as you make them.

  • Type your desired text into the text box, then select the "Format" button.

  • Find and select the type of font you would like for your text from the "Font" menu, the effect you would like from the "Font style" menu and a size from the "Size" menu.

  • Click on the arrow underneath the word "Color" to open the drop-down menu. Choose a color from the list. Select "OK" twice.

  • Click on "Preview" to test out your new screensaver; if you are satisfied select "OK."

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