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For Seniors: How to Set Up a Screen Saver for Your Computer

If you want an animated sequence to appear on your desktop when your computer isn’t in use for a period of time, set up a screen saver. Screen savers are animations that appear after your computer has remained inactive for a time.

To set up a screen saver, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the desktop and choose Personalize.

    The Personalization window appears.

  2. Click the Screen Saver button.

    The Screen Saver Settings dialog box appears.

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  3. From the Screen Saver drop-down list, choose a screen saver. Use the arrows in the Wait xx Minutes text box to set the number of inactivity minutes to determine how long Windows 7 waits before displaying the screen saver.

    Some screen savers allow you to modify their settings: for example, how fast they display or how many lines they draw on-screen. To customize this, click the Settings button when in the Screen Saver Settings dialog box.

  4. Click the Preview button to preview your screen saver of choice.

    If you like what you see, you’re ready to save your preview.

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  5. Click to stop the preview, click OK, and then click the Close button.

    The Personalization window closes.

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