How to Enable Screen Savers on Windows 10 

How to Enable Windows 10 Screen Saver

Waterfalls, starry skies, and hilly meadows; what do they all have in common? They’re not only just bucket list items but also popular Windows 10 screensavers. 

If you want to take a break from your Windows 10 session, screen savers are a great way for you to relax. This is especially true if you spend long hours on your laptop and PC working from home. 

So keep on reading to find out how you can enable screen savers on Windows 10! 

What Are Windows Screen Savers? 

Windows screen savers are a popular system feature that dates all the way back to the early days of Windows. 

Originally, computer monitors used Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) technology. CRT monitors had some limitations, unlike Organic LED (OLED) monitors. If the monitors displayed the same image for too long, they were vulnerable to phosphor burn-in. 

Screen savers on Windows fixed this problem by changing the screen output if the computer was idle for too long. The original Windows screen savers were either collections of pictures or moving images. 

Are There Windows 10 Screen Savers? 

Nowadays, Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) have made phosphor burn-in a thing of the past. Despite this, screen savers have remained on Windows 10 as a system feature. The screen savers show up on the default Windows lock screen. Some people may also call them to lock screen backgrounds. 

Windows 10 sets wallpaper for the lock screen by default. If you’ve disabled screen savers and are looking to enable them, or want to learn how to change a screen saver, keep on reading. 

How to Set Up Windows 10 Screen Savers 

Fortunately, it’s straightforward to set up Windows 10 screen savers. Just follow the steps below to enable screen savers on Windows 10: 

Step #1: Navigate to the Settings app and click on it. If you’re not sure where to find this app, go to the search bar and type Settings. 

Step #2: Once you open Settings, click Personalization. 

Step #3: Next, click on Lock Screen. 

Step #4: Now, scroll down till you see a link titled Screen Saver Settings. Click that link. 

Open Screen Saver Settings from Personalization Windows settings

Step #5: You should see the Screen Saver Settings screen pop up. Then, under the Screen Saver menu box, look for a drop-down menu of screen savers. 

Step #6: Now simply select the screen saver of your choice. 

Step #7: To save your selection, click the Apply button, then the OK button. 

You’re done! Next time Windows 10 goes to the lock screen, you should see the screen saver display. 

How Do I Change Screen Saver Settings 

You can also change your screen saver settings from the Screen Saver Settings screen in Step # 5 of the previous section. 

The Settings button, which is right before the Preview button, allows you to customize the settings depending on your screensaver choice. For example, you can use the 3D Text option to display the time or any text you type. You can also select Photos to choose an image slide show as the screen saver. 

The Screen Saver Settings screen also has two additional options: 

  • The Wait option. This option lets you choose the minutes of system inactivity before the screen saver starts. 
  • The On resume, display logon screen check box. This option will automatically take you to the lock screen when your system resumes. 

How Do I Change Windows 10 Lock Screen Picture? 

If you just want to change the background picture on your lock screen instead, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen. Then, click the Browse button under ‘Choose Your Picture.’From here, you can browse your PC or laptop for your lock screen pictures. 

Change Windows 10 Screen Picture

Alternatively, you can select the Slideshow option from the Background drop-down menu. The default Windows spotlight option is also there. 

How Do I Lock Windows 10? 

To see your newly set screen saver, you can lock your Windows using two keyboard shortcuts: 

  • Press the Windows Key + L. 
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete > Lock. 

Final Thoughts 

Even as technology continues to evolve, screen savers haven’t fallen out of favor. Luckily, it’s not exactly rocket science to enable them. 

Just follow the steps above: whether you want to enable a classic Windows XP style screen saver or simply change your lock screen background picture. You’ll be running Windows 10 screen savers in no time! Stay tuned to DesktopTwo blog for more detailed guides on Windows 10.

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