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Screensavers Instructions:

How to set or change a screen saver ?
  1. Open Display in Control Panel.
  2. On the Screen Saver tab, under Screen saver, click a screen saver in the list.
  • To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display.
  • After you select a screen saver, it will automatically start when your computer is idle for the number of minutes specified in Wait.
  • To clear the screen saver after it has started, move your mouse or press any key.
  • To view possible setting options for a particular screen saver, click Settings on the Screen Saver tab.
  • Click Preview to see how the selected screen saver will appear on your monitor. Move your mouse or press any key to end the preview.
  • Click Related Topics for information about having Windows turn off your monitor when you leave it idle for a period of time.

How to protect your files by using a screen saver password ?
  1. Open Display in Control Panel.
  2. On the Screen Saver tab under Screen saver, click a screen saver.
  3. Select the On resume, password protect check box.

If Fast User Switching is turned on, select the On resume, display Welcome screen check box.


  • To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display.
  • Selecting the On Resume, password protect check box will lock your computer when the screen saver is activated. When you begin working again you will be prompted to type your password to unlock it.
  • Your screen saver password is the same as your logon password. If you do not use a password to log on, you cannot set a screen saver password.
  • Fast User Switching is only available for stand-alone computers and users in a workgroup. It is not available if your computer is part of a network domain.

Display Properties - The "Screensaver" Tab

Display properties
Display properties The screensaver has seen quite a few changes since they were first introduced. Originally they prevented images from being permanently burned into the coatings of monitor screens. Over time technology solved that problem and screensavers were next touted as being a security feature. To a point, they do provide a small measure of security, but the real reason for them to be around any longer seems to be that people enjoy them. They’ve become more an expression of individuality and creativity rather than serving a truly necessary function. Right click on an open area of the desktop, select [Properties] and move the focus to the [Screensaver] tab. There are two primary sections on the [Screensaver] tab: [Screen Saver] and [Monitor Power]

The [Screen Saver] option consists of a drop down list which displays the installed screensaver selections.

[Settings] - Depending on which screensaver is selected the [Settings] button can provide additional options relative to its performance. The default Windows XP screensaver has no additional settings. Other choices such as 3D Pipes has an extensive array of settings to customize its features and performance.
[Preview] - Click the [Preview] button to see your selection full size on your monitor. Moving the mouse or activating the keyboard closes the preview. A small preview is always available in the monitor image on the tab.
[Wait] - Sets the number of minutes of inactivity from mouse or keyboard input before the screensaver is activated.
[On Resume, Display the Welcome Screen] - This check box can be activated to provide a small amount of security. When the screensaver is deactivated via keyboard or mouse click, the [Welcome] screen is displayed, forcing the user to log on before resuming work. If the user account is password protected the password must be entered.