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How to Change Windows Screensaver

Changing Windows screensaver is like digital home-keeping. While others stick to the default windows screensaver, people like you and I fancy changing our windows screensaver from time to time. From cute dog pictures to colorful abstract animations, this tutorial teaches you the easiest ways to change your windows screensaver.


Sidenote: Please note that you will be unable to change the screensaver if your Windows 10 is not activated. You can follow this tutorial to activate Windows without an activation key. 

Step 1: Open Windows screensaver settings

There are several ways to access the Windows screen saver settings. You can:

  • Type “screen saver” in the search bar and click “change screen saver” 
  • Launch “Control panel” and search “Screen saver”
  • Right-click on your desktop screen, click personalize, and select “lock screen“. 

Step 2: Customize screensaver settings

The screensaver setting screen shows you a preview of how your screen saver looks in real-time and also a few navigations to choose the type of screensaver you want. 

  • Click the drop-down menu titled “Screensaver”
  • Select from the list of built-in screen saver modes such as 3D Texts, Blank, Bubbles, Mystify, Photos, Ribbons. 
  • Click “Preview” to view how the screen saver works on full screen. 
  • When you are happy with your choice, type the number of minutes of inactivity. The system should wait before the screen saver comes up. 

The “3D Text Settings” allows you to display a custom 3D text as a screensaver. If you have a favorite quote and would like to use it on your screensaver, this setting is perfect for you. To customize the 3D screensaver on windows:

  • Select “Choose Font”
  • Set how you want the text to rotate
  • Choose the type of text and the surface style.  
  • Adjust the Resolution, Size, and Rotation Speed. 
  • Preview the result, and then press OK when you’re satisfied. 

Step 3: Set the login screen

While you can save and end the process on step two, we advise that you check the box that says “On resume, display logon screen”. This setting automatically locks your PC when the screensaver starts. As a result, the system asks for login credentials when you resume working, which is a great way to protect your data when you’re away from your PC. 

So, that’s how to change the windows screensaver. 

But if you’re not satisfied with the inbuilt screensavers, you can use the “Photos” option from the drop-down menu. Time to display that cute dog picture. Cool, right? Here is how:

How to Change Screen Saver to Use Your Photos

The Photos option lets you set one or more of your pictures as screensavers instead of the inbuilt 3Ds or bubbles. Follow these steps to set a photo as a screensaver:

  • Select “Photos” from the screensaver drop-down menu. 
  • Click “Browse” to pop up your file manager.
  • Select the picture or a group of pictures you would like to display as screensavers. 
  • Set the slide show speed. 
    • Use the drop-down menu to choose slow, medium, or fast speed. 
  • Check the box that says “Shuffle Pictures” for the pictures to display randomly. 
  • Select “Save” to confirm changes. 
    • This will take you back to the previous screen saver settings menu
  • On the original menu, click “Ok” and “Apply” to effect the changes and exit the screensaver settings menu.

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