Selecting a screensaver

You can configure your screensaver by performing the following steps:

1. Right-click an open area of the desktop and then select Personalize.

2. Click the Screen Saver link to display the Screen Saver Settings dialog box, shown in Figure 3-12.

3. Use the Screen Saver listbox to select a screensaver. Although you can install additional screensavers, the standard screensavers are:

Turns off the screensaver.

Figure 3-12. Configuring the screensaver 3D Text

Displays the time or custom text as a 3D message against a black background. Blank

Displays a blank screen (i.e., a screen with a black background and no text or images). Bubbles

Displays multicolored bubbles floating across your desktop. The open windows and documents on the desktop remain visible.

Mystify

Displays arcing bands of lines in various geometric patterns against a black background. Photos

Displays photos and videos from a selected folder as a slideshow.

Ribbons

Displays ribbons of various thicknesses and changing lines against a black background. (Other)

If you've installed a screensaver program on your computer, you'll typically see options for the additional screensavers this program provides. Be careful with some of these, as they can require a substantial amount of system resources to maintain, preventing your computer from effectively performing background housekeeping tasks.

4. To password-protect the screensaver, select "On resume, display logon screen." Clear this option only if you do not want to use password protection.

5. Use the Wait box to specify how long the computer must be idle before the screensaver is activated. A reasonable value is between 10 and 15 minutes.

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