How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Do you want to change your Windows screensaver? Or do you want to disable the screensaver completely? Or do you want to change the way it works? This tutorial shares all the steps you need to go through. The procedures are the same, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How to Open the Screen Saver Settings Window in Windows 7 & Windows 8

All the settings related to the screensavers are made from one window: Screen Saver Settings.

To launch it, you right click on the Desktop (or press and hold) and select Personalize.

Alternatively, you can open the Control Panel and go to "Appearance and Personalization -> Personalization".

In the Personalization window you see listed all the available Windows themes. The active theme is selected.

How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Below the list of themes, you have several buttons for each important element included in a theme. The last element is the screensaver. To edit the current screensaver or change it to a new one, click or tap Screen Saver.

How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

The Screen Saver Settings window is now opened.

How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Here you will do all the remaining work.

How to Change the Active Screensaver in Windows 7 & Windows 8

To select a different screensaver for your Windows theme, click or tap the Screen saver drop-down list. Then, select the new screensaver you want to use.

How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

If you don’t want to use a screensaver, select (None). This is the equivalent of disabling the screensaver for the active Windows theme.

Before you click OK and apply the new screensaver, you can preview it by clicking or tapping the Preview button. A smaller preview is also shown in the mini computer screen displayed in the Screen Saver Settings. The Preview button starts a full-screen preview.

The selected screensaver is launched. Do not press any keys, do not move the mouse and do not touch the screen (in case you are using touch). The screensaver runs only if no user input is recorded by Windows. When you are done viewing the screensaver, simply move the mouse or touch the screen and it will go away. You are back to the Screen Saver Settings window, where you can configure different parameters.

How to Configure the Active Screensaver in Windows 7 & Windows 8

You can set in the Wait box the number of minutes of inactivity after which the screen saver starts automatically.

How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Also, you can set whether to display the logon screen or not, when you resume using your PC or device.

Pressing the Settings button may reveal additional settings for the selected screensaver. For example, the 3D Text Settings screensaver can be configured in detail.

How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Other screensavers do not have any options available though.

How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

When you are done selecting and configuring the screensaver you want to use, click or tap OK.

Save the Modified Windows Theme

Once you modify the screensaver, Windows automatically creates a new Windows theme, based on the previous theme you were using. Its name is Unsaved Theme.

How to Set & Customize the Screensavers in Windows 7 & Windows 8

If you don’t want to lose your screensaver settings, you should save the newly created theme and give it a name.

Conclusion

As you can see from this tutorial, setting the screensaver in Windows 7 and Windows 8 is relatively easy. As long as you know where to look for the screensaver settings, any personalization can be done in a matter of seconds.