How To Set & Customize Screensavers In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

personalizeDo you want to change your Windows screensaver? Do you want to disable the active screensaver completely? Do you want to change the way your screensaver works? In this article we'll show you all steps that you need to go through to do all these things, in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Let's get started:

How To Open The Screensaver Settings Window

If you want to customize the screensaver, first, you need to open the Screen Saver Settings window. In order to do that, right click or press and hold the Desktop and select Personalize from the contextual menu.

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NOTE: Alternatively, you can open the Control Panel, go to Appearance and Personalization and then Personalization.

In the Personalization window 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 with another one, click or tap the Screen Saver section.

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The Screen Saver Settings window opens. It should look like in the screenshot below.

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How To Change The Active Screensaver

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

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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. The Preview button starts a full-screen preview.

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A smaller preview is also shown in the mini computer screen displayed in the Screen Saver Settings window.

The selected screensaver is launched. Do not press any keys, do not move the mouse and do not touch the screen if your display has 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 for how the selected screensaver works.

How To Configure The Active Screensaver

If you pay attention to this window you'll see some customization options. In the Wait box you set the number of minutes of inactivity after which the screensaver is started.

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Also, you can set whether to display the logon screen when you resume using your Windows PC or device.

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By pressing the Settings button, you'll access additional settings that might be available for the selected screensaver. By default, in Windows, only two screensavers can be configured in detail.

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One of them is the 3D Text screensaver. Here you can type your own text, you can change the font and also you can choose your favorite motion. As you can see in the screenshot below, there are many more options and the only limit is your imagination.

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The other screensaver that can be configured in detail is the Photos screensaver. In its customization window you can choose the folder where your pictures are stored, the slide show speed and say whether you want to shuffle them or not when the screensaver is activated.

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Click or tap Save to apply your settings.

If you are pressing the Settings button for others screensavers in Windows, you'll see a message stating that "This screen saver has no options that you can set".

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How To Save The New Windows Theme

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

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If you want to save it, right click or press and hold the new theme and select Save theme.

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Give it a name and press Save.

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Conclusion

As you can see from this tutorial, setting the screensaver in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 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.