How to Change Screen Savers on Windows 10, 8 and 7

Learn how to set new images to your PC's screensaver

How to change your Windows screen saver

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While screen savers aren't necessary anymore because monitors have advanced well beyond the need for them, they're still a fun way to turn your monitor into an art display or add some security to your computer.

Here's how to set the screen saver on Windows 10, 8, and 7.

How to Set the Windows 10 Screen Saver

  1. Right-click the Start menu, then select Search.

    Right click on the purple start button
  2. Type "screen saver" into the search field that appears, then select Change screen saver.

    Search for screen saver and it finds the control panel
  3. This will bring up the Screen Saver Setting dialogue box. Use the drop-down menu to choose the screen saver you like. To preview them, select Preview.

    Choose your screen saver
  4. You can also determine how long Windows should wait before engaging the screen saver, as well as set the screen saver to demand your log-in credentials before it will disengage. If you want more privacy and security, select On resume, display log in screen.

    Screen saver settings
  5. Select OK and your screen saver is set.

How to Change Screen Saver to Use Your Own Photos

Windows comes with a selection of beautiful screen savers, but one of them, the Photos Screen Saver, lets you display your photos on your monitor when you aren't using your computer.

  1. Using Windows Search, search for "screen saver," then select Change screen saver.

  2. This will bring up the Screen Saver Setting dialogue box. Using the drop-down menu, select Photos.

  3. Click Browse and navigate to the folder containing the pictures you want to use.

    Tell Windows how to display your photos in the Photos screen saver

    Select Shuffle photos if you don't want your photos to always in the same order. You can also dictate how quickly the photos change.

  4. Select Save > OK.

How to Change the Screen Saver on Windows 7 and 8

Not much has changed in the Windows Screen Saver settings in the last three versions of Windows, but you have to do so using the Control Panel.

To change the Windows 7 and 8 screen saver, open Control Panel, then select Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Screen Saver. From there, follow the same directions as for Windows 10.