Turn the screen saver on or off

A screen saver is a moving picture or pattern that appears on your computer screen when you haven't used the mouse or keyboard for a specified period of time. Screen savers were originally used to save older, monochromatic monitors from damage, but now they're mainly a way to personalize your computer or enhance its security by offering password protection. To learn more, see Use your Windows password for the screen saver password and Change your screen saver.

  1. Open Screen Saver Settings by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type screen saver, and then click Turn screen saver on or off.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To turn off all screen savers, under Screen saver, click (None) list, and then click OK.

    • To turn on a screen saver, under Screen saver, click an item in the list, and then click OK.