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Why is the screensaver wait time greyed out?

If you have opened the Screen Saver Settings panel to find that the wait time box is greyed out and you are unable to change the value, this may be due to one of the following reasons:

1. You have not selected a screensaver

To be able to set the wait time for a screensaver, you first need to select one in the list of screensavers within the Screen Saver Settings panel. Once you have done so, the "Wait" box should activate. If not, keep reading for another possible reason.

2. An administrator has defined a wait time for all users

On Windows, it is possible for users with administrative access rights to enter a single screensaver timeout setting (in seconds rather than minutes) for all other users of that computer or network. If you are not yourself an Administrator on this computer, you will not be able to change this setting, and will have to contact someone with more access rights.

Administrators are also able to disable the screensaver for all users. In that case, the wait time is set to 0 (zero) and cannot be customized so long as you have fewer access rights.

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