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Article Title: How to Customize a Screensaver in Windows XP and Windows 7
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Creation Date: October 23, 2013
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:26 PM
Applies To:
Windows XP Media Centre Edition
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows 7
Windows Vista

This demonstration will walk you through the process of configuring a screensaver in Windows XP and Windows 7.

1.3D - Configuring A Windows XP Screensaver

Screensavers are highly effective for protecting your computer's monitor as they work by constantly rotating a series of images to help prevent the concept known as image bleeding. Windows XP adds a number of three dimensional based screen savers accessible through the display properties window.

How To Access The Screen Saver Configuration Window

(1) Left click the Start Menu.
(2) Left click the Control Panel menu item. This will load the Control Panel.
(3) In the Control Panel window left click the display icon. This will load the display settings window.
(4) On the display properties window left click the Screen Saver tab.

How To Customize Screensaver Settings

Screen savers can come in all shapes and styles, and you can even make your own if you are that technically inclined. The process of configuring screensavers, however, is quite simple. The next section provides information to guide you through this process.

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Figure 1.3D - The Windows XP Screen Saver Configuration Window
(1) Screen Saver Label
To choose a new screensaver click the list box under located under the Screen saver label.
Settings Button
To modify the settings for the selected screensaver click the Settings button. Changing the settings for a particular screensaver depends on the options it is developed with.
On resume, display Welcome screen
Some screensavers include a password protection feature that can be used to control access to your system when you are away. If the screensaver selected supports password protection, you will be prompted to enter a password. Enter it again to confirm your new password.
(2) Preview Button
Click the Preview button to preview the current screensaver. You may be prompted for the same password.
(3) Power Management Options
To specify power management options click the Power button. You can change the power schemes for your computer as well as configure other power management functions from this window.
(4) Ok Button
Click the OK button to finalize all changes.

Configuring Screensavers In Windows Vista / Windows 7

Accessing the preferences window for configuring screensavers is different in Windows Vista and Windows 7 then Windows XP. This section guides you through the process.

(1) Right click an empty area on your Windows desktop. From the drop down menu select Personalize.

Accessing the dispaly properties window to configure a screensaver in Windows 7

This will load the personalization window.

The personalization window in Windows 7.
(2) On the personalization window left click the Screensaver option. This will load the Screen Saver settings window

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(1) Screen Saver Label
To choose a new screensaver click the list box under located under the Screen saver label.
Settings Button
To modify the settings for the selected screensaver click the Settings button. Changing the settings for a particular screensaver depends on the options it is developed with.
On resume, display logon screen
Some screensavers include a password protection feature that can be used to control access to your system when you are away. If the screensaver selected supports password protection, you will be prompted to enter a password. Enter it again to confirm your new password.
(2) Preview Button
Click the Preview button to preview the current screensaver. You may be prompted for the same password.
(3) Power Management Options
To specify power management options click the Change Power Settings link. You can change the power schemes for your computer as well as configure other power management functions from this window.
(4) OK Button
Click the OK button to finalize all changes.
Congratulations! You now know how to configure a screensaver in Windows XP and Windows 7!
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