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Enable, change, or disable your screen saver in Windows 7

Depending on your computer manufacturer, Windows 7 may or may not have a screen saver enabled by default; the "screen saver" is the slideshow or animation that plays on screen after a configurable period of time (and inactivity) has elapsed. In this tutorial, you will learn how to set a screen saver for Windows 7, how to change screen saver, and how to disable the screen saver functionality altogether. We will also show you how to customize a few common screen saver settings.


Enable or change screen savers in Windows 7

Whether your computer has a default screen saver setup or not, this portion of the tutorial tells you how to change or add a screen saver. So, to enable screen savers, or change it:

This is it — You have successfully enabled or changed your screen saver settings in Windows 7!

Use your own pictures as screen saver

The most popular screen saver is the "Photos" (or "Windows Live Photo Gallery", if you use this piece of software). With this screen saver, Windows 7 lets you use pictures of your kids, family photos, or any image you want as a piece of the custom screen saver. Since all screen savers are easy to customize, we will only go in depth with this particular one:

Customize other screen saver settings

Whenever you change screen saver, Windows 7 will display (or not) the Settings button: if it does, this means that you have options you can configure - in many cases, simple screen savers you download from the internet (like from car manufacturer's websites, for example), are very basic, and do not offer any options - a disabled (grayed out) Settings button simply means this.

Disable your screen saver in Windows 7

Finally, you can very easily stop your screen saver from popping up, either by setting a very high number of minutes before it starts, or more simply, by disabling the screen savers:

Tip: What is the "Blank" screen saver? Unlike "None", which disables any screen saver, the blank screensaver just shows a blank screen, without any animation or flying text.

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