How to Choose a Screen Saver in Windows 8

Today’s computer screens no longer suffer from burn-in problems, but people still use screen savers because they look cool. Windows 8 comes with several built-in screen savers.

In the dinosaur days of computing, computer monitors suffered from burn-in: permanent damage when an oft-used program burned its image onto the screen. To prevent burn-in, people installed a screen saver to jump in with a blank screen or moving lines.

To try out one of the built-in screen savers, follow these steps:

1

Right-click your desktop and choose Personalize to open the Personalization window. Then select the Screen Saver link from the window’s bottom-right corner.

The Screen Saver Settings dialog box appears.

2

Click the downward-pointing arrow in the Screen Saver box and select a screen saver.

After choosing a screen saver, click the Preview button for an audition. View as many candidates as you like before making a decision.

Be sure to click the Settings button because some screen savers offer options, letting you specify the speed of a photo slide show, for example.

3

If desired, add security by selecting the On Resume, Display Logon Screen check box.

This safeguard keeps people from sneaking into your computer while you’re fetching coffee. It makes Windows ask for a password after waking up from screen saver mode.

4

When you’re done setting up your screen saver, click OK.

Windows saves your changes.

If you really want to extend the life of your display (and save electricity), don’t bother with screen savers. Instead, put your computer to Sleep before stepping away: Press Windows+I with a keyboard, click the Power icon, and choose Sleep from the pop-up menu.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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