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How to change your screensaver

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The Windows® operating system has a built-in Screen Saver Settings panel, from where you can easily select, preview and configure all the screensavers currently installed on your computer. This help article will guide you through the process of using this panel to change your current (default) screensaver to a different one.

Step 1: Open the Screen Saver Settings panel

How you get to the Screen Saver Settings panel depends on your version of Windows.

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Step 2: Select a screensaver

With the Screen Saver Settings panel open, follow these steps to change your screensaver:

  1. Click on the downward-pointing arrow below "Screensaver" to bring up a list of installed screensavers.
  2. Now click on a screensaver of your choice. A preview will appear in the simulated computer screen above, but you can now also click the "Preview" button to view the screensaver in full-screen mode.
  3. Optionally, click "Configure" to change the screensaver's settings. Or change the "Wait" time, which is the amount of minutes of inactivity that have to pass before the screensaver is started.
  4. Click the "OK" button to save your changes.

You have now succesfully changed the default screensaver to one of your preference. Whenever you install a new screensaver, it should appear in the list among your other screensavers in the Screen Saver Settings panel.

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