How to Turn On Screen Saver in Windows 11?

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Screen savers have been part of the Windows operating system for a long time and are still available in Windows 11. However, Microsoft has not shown any interest in improving the Screen Saver after Windows 7. Microsoft ships Windows 7 screen savers on its successors too.

Screen savers have lost their popularity, and that’s why a few people know about it that Windows 11 also includes screen savers. By default, the screen saver is turned off on Windows 11, which you need to turn on before using it.

How to Enable or Disable Screen Saver in Windows 11?

At least two methods are available on Windows 11 to turn on or off the screen saver. We will review both of these methods.

First Method:

To enable or disable screen saver, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Settings app.

For that, press Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. When Windows Settings appears on your screen, select the Personalization category in the left side pane.

Step 3. Then, click the Lock Screen option On the right side pane of Personalization.

Step 4. After that, click the Screen saver option.

Step 5. Now, the Screen Saver Settings window will appear. Select your desired screensaver from the drop-down menu.

Step 6. If you want to customize the selected screen saver, click on the Settings button beside the screen saver chosen. If customization is possible on the selected screen saver, a new pop-up window will open; otherwise, you will see, “This screen saver has no options that you can set.”

Note: Only 3D Text screen saver offers customization.

Step 7. Before applying the screen saver, you can preview it by clicking the Preview button. When a screen saver is being previewed, you can press any key from the keyboard to exit the preview.

Step 8. You can also set the number of inactive minutes to wait for Windows 11 before displaying the screen saver. The default value is set to 1 minute, but it allows you to change the waiting time by clicking the up and down arrow buttons, or even you can select the value manually by typing between 1 and 9999.

Further, if you need, check the checkbox On resume, display logon screen. A screen saver will password-protect your account when you get away from your computer. To dismiss the screensaver, you will need to enter the password or other methods to sign in to your account.

Step 9. Click the Apply button.

Step 10. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the above steps, when your PC will be idle for the specified time that you have set, the screen saver will activate automatically and start protecting your PC from unauthorized access.

Second Method:

Click on the Start button or press the Windows + S hotkey to open the Search menu. Type change screen saver in the search box.

Then, click the Change screen saver option to open the Screen Saver Settings window. After that, repeat the above steps from step 5 to configure the screen saver.

To disable or turn off the screensaver on your Windows 11 computer, on the Screen Saver Settings window, select (None) from the drop-down menu. Then, uncheck the checkbox “On resume, display logon screen.”

Finally, click on the Apply and then the OK button. Now, the screensaver will not protect your computer.

How to Make a Screen Saver Settings Shortcut on Windows 11 Desktop?

If you frequently change the Screen saver on your PC and want to create a desktop icon for this, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Right-click on the blank space on the desktop and select the New > Shortcut option.

Step 2. In the Create Shortcut wizard, copy and paste the following texts:-

control desk.cpl,,@screensaver

Step 3. Then, hit the Next button.

Step 4. Name the shortcut to Screen Saver.

Step 5. Finally, click on the Finish button.

After you complete the steps mentioned above, a shortcut of the Screen saver is created on your computer desktop. By double-clicking on this shortcut icon, you can access Screen Saver Settings.

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