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How to Customize Your Screen Saver in Windows Vista

You can set up a screen saver in Windows Vista to express your personality. Screen savers used to be required to keep your monitor from burning out when an image was held on your screen for too long. Newer monitors don’t require this, but people still like screen savers, so the feature persists. Screen savers are also useful for hiding what’s on your screen from curious passersby if you happen to wander away from your desk for a while.

  1. Right-click the desktop and choose Personalize.

  2. Click the Screen Saver link to display the Screen Saver Settings dialog box.

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  3. Choose a screen saver from the Screen Saver drop-down list, and click the Preview button.

    The screen saver you selected will appear on the screen. When you've seen enough, click any button to return to the Screen Saver Settings dialog box.

    If you want no screen saver to appear, choose None from the Screen Saver list in the Screen Saver Settings dialog box.

  4. Adjust the settings of the screen saver to your liking.

    If you like the screen saver, but you want to adjust the way the screen saver appears on the screen, there are a variety of settings you can choose.

    • Use the arrows in the Wait xx Minutes box to set the number of minutes of inactivity that Windows Vista waits before displaying the screen saver.

    • Click the On Resume, Display Logon Screen check box to force whoever stops the screen saver to log back into the system. This is a great way to protect your data from prying eyes.

    • Click the Settings button to modify various characteristics of the screen saver, such as how fast it goes, how many lines it draws onscreen, or what text is displayed. The setting options change depending on what type of screen saver you've chosen.

      Not every screen saver gives you the option to change settings.

  5. When you’re happy with your settings, click OK.

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