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What is the screen saver grace period?

On Windows, the grace period is the amount of time in seconds between the moment a screensaver with enabled password-protection is started and the point at which enforcement of that password requirement begins. In other words, if you configured your screensaver to display a logon screen when you resume activity on your computer, the grace period gives you some time to exit the screensaver without having to enter a password.

This can be helpful when you are still in front of the computer when the screensaver starts, for example when you are waiting for a process to complete, or you are talking to a colleague. If you see the screensaver come on and you move the mouse or press a key within the grace period, you will not have to enter your password once the screensaver exits.

To customize the grace period, see How to change the screen saver grace period.

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