A screen Saver is a moving picture or pattern that appears on a computer screen when the mouse or keyboard has not been used for a specified period of time. Screen savers have the .scr file extension. This will show you how to setup, use, and change a screen saver in Vista.
Right click on a empty area of the desktop and click on Personalize
. (See screenshot below)2.
Click on the Screen Saver
link. (See screenshot below)3.
You will now see the screen saver settings below.4. To Change Screen Saver
NOTE: To create your own screen saver, select Photo and click Settings button to browse to the image you want to use.
A) Click on the drop down menu and select a new screen saver from the list. (See screenshot below)5. To Turn Off Screen Saver
NOTE: To turn screen save back on, just select another one.
B) Click on Apply.
A) Select (None) and click on OK. (See screenshot above)6. To Change Screen Saver Settings
NOTE: Not all screen savers will have settings for them.
A) Click on the Settings button and make the adjustments to the setting to what you like. (See screenshot below step 4)7. To Preview a Screen Saver
B) Click on Apply when done with the settings.
A) Click on the Preview button to activate the selected screen saver from step 4. (See screenshot below step 4)8. To Change Screen Saver Wait Time
NOTE: Just press a keyboard key or move the mouse to stop the screen saver preview.
9. To Enable or Disable Password Logon After a Screen Saver
NOTE: When you resume from a screen saver it takes you to the Lock logon screen with just the current user displayed. The only way to see all users is to logoff first, then allow it to go into screen saver mode. For resume after sleep mode, see
A) Adjust the number of minutes of idle time to wait before the screen save appears. (See screenshot below and below step 3)
NOTE: You should have the wait time set at least one minute before the Power Options for the Hard Drive, Display, and Sleep shutdown. See step two here
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B) Click on Apply
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WARNING: If you logoff first, this will show you how to change the logon screen saver
A) Check or uncheck On resume, display logon screen. (See screenshot below and below step 3)10.
B) Click on Apply.
Click on OK
to apply and close screen saver settings window.