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Manually Starting Screen Saver

  1. #1


    WJB Guest

    Manually Starting Screen Saver

    Hi,

    Is there a command or utility that I can run to immediately invoke the
    screen saver in Vista Ultimate? And how do I map a key combination to it?

    Thanks

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  3. #2


    Mike Brannigan Guest

    Re: Manually Starting Screen Saver

    "WJB" <WJB@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:CA3ACF91-9430-42CC-B4FE-1230D585925B@xxxxxx

    > Hi,
    >
    > Is there a command or utility that I can run to immediately invoke the
    > screen saver in Vista Ultimate? And how do I map a key combination to it?
    >
    > Thanks

    Why bother?
    Just pres Windows Key + L to lock the PC and the screen saver will cone on
    at its timeout.
    Is security your issue ? If so then Windows Key + L is the way forward.
    --

    Mike Brannigan


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3


    WJB Guest

    Re: Manually Starting Screen Saver

    Thanks, Mike. Security is partly it and Windows+L will do that. Prolonging my
    screen's life is another concern, and I guess I got used to invoking the OSA
    screen saver executable that used to be part of MS Office. It's my
    understanding that there's .scr file that can be invoked to start the screen
    saver, I just don't know its name, which utility it runs with and how to
    invoke it and assign a key combination to it.

    Thanks

    "Mike Brannigan" wrote:

    > "WJB" <WJB@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:CA3ACF91-9430-42CC-B4FE-1230D585925B@xxxxxx

    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > Is there a command or utility that I can run to immediately invoke the
    > > screen saver in Vista Ultimate? And how do I map a key combination to it?
    > >
    > > Thanks
    >
    >
    > Why bother?
    > Just pres Windows Key + L to lock the PC and the screen saver will cone on
    > at its timeout.
    > Is security your issue ? If so then Windows Key + L is the way forward.
    > --
    >
    > Mike Brannigan
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: Manually Starting Screen Saver

    WJB

    All of the screen savers are locate din the C:\Windows\System32 folder. They
    have the .scr file extension. Go there in Windows Explorer and double click
    any of these files to start that screen saver and see which one you want to
    use.

    When you find it, right click that file and save as a shortcut to the
    desktop. You can then place this shortcut wherever you wish, right click the
    shortcut and give it a unique keyboard shortcut.

    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience


    "WJB" <WJB@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:18F51151-0483-4A40-A45C-6A2F9168568E@xxxxxx

    > Thanks, Mike. Security is partly it and Windows+L will do that. Prolonging
    > my
    > screen's life is another concern, and I guess I got used to invoking the
    > OSA
    > screen saver executable that used to be part of MS Office. It's my
    > understanding that there's .scr file that can be invoked to start the
    > screen
    > saver, I just don't know its name, which utility it runs with and how to
    > invoke it and assign a key combination to it.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > "Mike Brannigan" wrote:
    >

    >> "WJB" <WJB@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:CA3ACF91-9430-42CC-B4FE-1230D585925B@xxxxxx

    >> > Hi,
    >> >
    >> > Is there a command or utility that I can run to immediately invoke the
    >> > screen saver in Vista Ultimate? And how do I map a key combination to
    >> > it?
    >> >
    >> > Thanks
    >>
    >>
    >> Why bother?
    >> Just pres Windows Key + L to lock the PC and the screen saver will cone
    >> on
    >> at its timeout.
    >> Is security your issue ? If so then Windows Key + L is the way forward.
    >> --
    >>
    >> Mike Brannigan
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5


    craigcu Guest

    Re: Manually Starting Screen Saver

    Hi Ronnie,
    I've discovered this thread that is also relevant to me.
    I've attempted to double-click any .scr file but the file association got
    changed to
    "AutoCAD script" and hence the file opens in a text editor.

    How does one re-associate .scr file types to be screensavers?

    --
    Craig Cullum, AMTELCO


    "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:

    > WJB
    >
    > All of the screen savers are locate din the C:\Windows\System32 folder. They
    > have the .scr file extension. Go there in Windows Explorer and double click
    > any of these files to start that screen saver and see which one you want to
    > use.
    >
    > When you find it, right click that file and save as a shortcut to the
    > desktop. You can then place this shortcut wherever you wish, right click the
    > shortcut and give it a unique keyboard shortcut.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Ronnie Vernon
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows Desktop Experience
    >
    >
    > "WJB" <WJB@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:18F51151-0483-4A40-A45C-6A2F9168568E@xxxxxx

    > > Thanks, Mike. Security is partly it and Windows+L will do that. Prolonging
    > > my
    > > screen's life is another concern, and I guess I got used to invoking the
    > > OSA
    > > screen saver executable that used to be part of MS Office. It's my
    > > understanding that there's .scr file that can be invoked to start the
    > > screen
    > > saver, I just don't know its name, which utility it runs with and how to
    > > invoke it and assign a key combination to it.
    > >
    > > Thanks
    > >
    > > "Mike Brannigan" wrote:
    > >

    > >> "WJB" <WJB@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:CA3ACF91-9430-42CC-B4FE-1230D585925B@xxxxxx
    > >> > Hi,
    > >> >
    > >> > Is there a command or utility that I can run to immediately invoke the
    > >> > screen saver in Vista Ultimate? And how do I map a key combination to
    > >> > it?
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Why bother?
    > >> Just pres Windows Key + L to lock the PC and the screen saver will cone
    > >> on
    > >> at its timeout.
    > >> Is security your issue ? If so then Windows Key + L is the way forward.
    > >> --
    > >>
    > >> Mike Brannigan
    > >>
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6


    craigcu Guest

    Re: Manually Starting Screen Saver

    Follow-up to those still paying attention:

    I was directed elsewhere to this:

    http://www.winhelponline.com/article...ows-Vista.html

    It worked!

    --
    Craig Cullum, AMTELCO

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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