Hi! When your PC has been idle for bit, your screen saver automatically kicks in. Today we’ll look at the controls for your screen saver and how you can customize its settings to make you happy (yes…you can achieve true happiness through your screen saver settings!).
The screen saver is there to help prevent damage to your monitor by having one image on the screen for an uninterrupted long period of time. It’s possible to burn the image into your screen, making your display look lousy. The screen saver is also a security feature, hiding your workspace and, if you configure it, requiring a password before allowing access back to the PC.
If the screen saver is on, you simply move your mouse or touch a key on the keyboard to turn it off.
The easiest way to get to the screen saver properties is to find an open space on your desktop and right-click with your mouse. Select and left click Properties from the menu; it’s at the bottom. You’ll see the Display Properties dialogue box. Click the Screen Saver tab (the middle one) and you’ll see this:
In the middle of the box, you’ll see the Screen Saver section where you can select the type of screen saver you want and, if available, choose the settings. You can also set the time your PC has to be idle before the screen saver kicks in and if you want to request a password upon leaving the screen saver.
Microsoft includes about a dozen screen savers with Windows. The one selected in the screen shot (Windows XP) has no custom settings; you can only tell it how long to wait before starting. Others have several options you can set such as speed, timing, text, color or sound, for example. You can test your settings by clicking the Preview button.
If your PC requires a password when you turn it on, checking the box On resume, display Welcome Screen will open the Welcome screen after the screen saver is stopped, asking for the password. That way, when you walk away from your PC and your screen saver kicks in, no one can jump on and see your work without the password.
Take a look at the different Screen Savers and their options; you might find one you like better than the one you’re using now. And don’t worry — you can’t break it! Experiment!
Are you happy now? I knew that you would be!