How to set and customize screensavers in Windows

Do you want to set or maybe 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 of these things, in all modern versions of Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. There’s plenty of ground to cover so let's get started:

How to open the screensaver settings window in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the fastest and easiest way to open the “Screen Saver Settings” window is to use the search feature offered by Cortana. In the search box on your taskbar, enter the words “screen saver”. In the list of results, click or tap on “Change screen saver”.

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Another way to get to the “Screen Saver Settings” would be for you to open the Control Panel and then go to “Appearance and Personalization -> Personalization”. On the bottom right side of the window, you will find a link for the “Screen Saver”. Click or tap on it and the “Screen Saver Settings” window will open.

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If you prefer, there’s also a third alternative way for opening the “Screen Saver Settings” window. However, you should know from the start that this is the longest method. On your Windows 10 PC or device Desktop, right click or tap and hold, and then click or tap on Personalize.

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The previous action will open the Settings app and it will automatically take you to the Personalization settings category.

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On the left side of the window, click or tap on Themes. Then, click or tap on the “Theme settings” link from the right side of the window.

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Windows 10 will launch Control Panel and take you straight to its Personalization section. There, click or tap on Screen Saver, at the bottom right of the window.

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Regardless of the path you follow for opening the “Screen Saver Settings” window, here’s the end result you will get in Windows 10:

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How to open the screensaver settings window in Windows 7

If you want to customize the screensaver, you will first have to open the Screen Saver Settings window. And, if you’re in a hurry, the fastest method to open the “Screen Saver Settings” window is to search for it.

Open the Start Menu and, in its search box, enter the words “screen saver”. Among the results displayed, you will see one saying “Change screen saver”. Click on it and the “Screen Saver Settings” window will open.

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There are also other ways for opening the “Screen Saver Settings” window in Windows 7. However, note that all of them are longer than the one we’ve shown you above. One of them is for you to right click on a blank space from your Desktop and then click on Personalize in the menu.

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You can also simply open the Control Panel, then go to Appearance and Personalization and then to Personalization.

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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 a new one, click on Screen Saver.

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The Screen Saver Settings window opens - it should look like the screenshot below:

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How to open the screensaver settings window in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, using search is the fastest way to open the “Screen Saver Settings” window. Switch to the Start screen and start writing the words “screen saver”. Then, in the list of results, click or tap on “Change screen saver”.

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Another way to open the “Screen Saver Settings” window starts with a right click or long tap on a blank space from your Desktop. In the right click menu, click or tap on Personalize.

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Or , if you prefer, you can launch Control Panel and go to “Appearance and Personalization” and then to Personalization. Either way, in the Personalization window, click or tap on the “Screen Saver” button from the bottom right corner of the window.

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Regardless of the method you chose to follow to get here, now you should have the “Screen Saver Settings” window opened, and it should look like this:

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NOTE: From here on, all the settings you will make are very similar between Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The only things different are a few minor visual details. That’s why, for simplicity, we will be using screenshots taken only in Windows 10. Read the next page of this guide to see how to change your active screensaver, how to configure your screensaver, and how to save everything in a new Windows theme.

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About the Author: Codrut Neagu
Codrut is a Senior Editor on Digital Citizen. He's passionate about technology and he is fluent in working with several operating systems, including Windows and Linux. He likes to test security products and he feels like at home when digging through the registry, optimizing things or having fun on Telnet.