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How To Change And Manage Screensavers On Windows 10?

How To Easily Change/Manage Your Screensavers On Windows 10

A screensaver (or screen saver) is a computer program that blanks the screen or fills it with moving images or patterns when the computer is not in use. Windows comes with built-in screen savers that you can select. As well as computers, modern television operating systems, media players and other digital entertainment systems include optional screensavers.

The original purpose of screensavers was to prevent phosphor burn-in on CRT and plasma computer monitors. Screen ghost image, burn-in, image burn-in (sometimes known as screen burn) is a permanent discoloration of areas on an electronic display such as a CRT display or older computer monitors or television sets caused by cumulative non-uniform use of pixels. With phosphor-based electronic displays (such as CRT computer monitors or plasma displays), non-uniform use of pixels, such as prolonged display of non-moving images (text or graphics), gaming, or certain broadcasts with tickers and flags, can create a permanent ghost-like image of these objects or otherwise degrade image quality. This is because the phosphor compounds, which emit light to produce images, lose their luminance with use. Uneven use results in uneven light output over time, and in severe cases can create a ghost image of previous content. Even if ghost images are not recognizable, the effects of screen burn are an immediate and continual degradation of image quality.

As implied by the name 'screensaver', this process saves the screen by ensuring that no pixel or group of pixels remains displaying a static image for extended periods. Modern screensavers can turn off the screen when not in use. Today, the screen burn-in problem is mostly no longer relevant. Despite this, many people still use screensavers on their computers for various reasons. Often, there are six screensavers available on Windows 10 by default. In this article, we show how to change and customize a screensaver in just a few clicks.

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Enable/Change Screensaver

One way to easily enable or change a screensaver is to type "screen saver" in Search and click the "Change screen saver" result.

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In the Screen Saver Settings window under "Screen saver", select the screensaver you prefer from six options available: 3D Text, Blank, Bubbles, Mystify, Photos, Ribbons. Select the screensaver. The small inset computer screen will show how it will looks when applied. Click the "Preview" button to see a full-screen preview of the particular screensaver. You can set the inactivity time in minutes, after which the computer runs the screensaver. If you check the box beside "On resume, display logon screen", Windows opens a login screen prior to the screen saver being is disabled. Selecting this option is a good way to protect your computer when you are away from it.

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A number of screensavers have additional settings such as 3D Text and Photos. To see these settings, select 3D Text screensaver and click the "Settings..." button. You can choose whether you want to see custom text as a screensaver or a clock displaying the current time. You can also set the resolution, color, texture, font, etc. and preview how it moves on the screen.

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If you click "Settings..." while selected the "Photos" screen saver, you can choose which photos you wish to apply to the screensaver - simply choose the location of the photos/images. You can set the slideshow speed and shuffle the pictures. Once you have made the changes, click "Apply" and then exit Screen Saver Settings.

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Another way to change or enable the screensaver is to right-click on your background and select "Personalize" from the drop-down menu.

change screen saver step 5

Find "Lock screen" on the left pane and select it. Then, click "Screen saver settings" - this will open the same Screen Saver Settings window.

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Create Screen Saver Settings Shortcut

If you want to access your screen saver settings even faster, create a screen saver settings shortcut. Shortcuts allow you to create links to programs in any folder, Start bar, Taskbar, Desktop or other locations on the computer. To create a shortcut for screen saver settings, right-click on the background and select "New". Then click "Shortcut" from the drop-down menu.

create screen saver settings shortcut step 1

In the opened window, type "control desk.cpl,,@screensaver" under the "Type the location of the item:" line in the empty box and click "Next".

create screen saver settings shortcut step 2

Now, give your shortcut any name you wish. In our example, we call it "screensaver". Click "Finish" to complete.

create screen saver settings shortcut step 3

You now have a screen saver settings shortcut on the desktop and you can place it anywhere you want.

create screen saver settings shortcut step 4

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Get More Screensavers

If the six default screensavers available in Windows 10 are not enough for you, you can get more screensavers from Microsoft's "Screen Saver Gallery" app, a screensaver app that displays a stream of breathtaking photography from around the world. With high resolution photos and smooth transitions, the app looks fantastic on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. Images are updated weekly and are constantly re-sorted by popularity to keep them fresh. This app includes more than 50 different galleries including: aerial, architecture, animals, earth, food, history, people, seasons, technology, vehicles, water, and more. You can choose one, or choose them all. You can download it from here. Simply click the "Get the app" button and it will download it for you.

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Note that the app does not start automatically like classic screen savers - this is not available in Windows 10 apps. You can, however, download any screensaver you want from the gallery and set it as your screensaver, or you can download them all. When downloaded, use the standard way to change the screensaver through Windows screen saver settings when choosing the "Photo" screensaver option and clicking "Settings..." Select the location of downloaded screensaver or screensavers and set the image or images as your screensaver.

We hope that this was helpful and you can now change and manage screensavers on your Windows 10 computer.

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