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How to enable screen savers in Windows 10

How to enable screen savers in Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 19, 2016

Screen savers are probably one of the oldest features in Windows.

Windows 10 screen saver

All those text flying about the screen, the stars whizzing past, and those bright colors are quitr nostalgic aren’t they?

And did you know that Windows 10 has an option for enabling screen savers. If you didn’t know that, I don’t blame you, the world has evolved and centers around smart phones more, that users don’t tend to notice the absence of some good old features in Windows 10, thanks to spending more time looking at text messages and videos. Try right clicking on your desktop and setting up a screen saver in Windows 10. You can’t, can you? Not with that method.

Yet the option does exist in the new operating system, you’ll have to look very carefully to find it. But the question is, why on earth Microsoft hid this feature deep in Windows 10’s settings, is a mystery. Especially considering that the majority of new users are from Windows 7, shouldn’t a screensaver be more easily accessible?

How to enable screen savers in Windows 10:

There are two ways to enable screen savers in Windows 10, and both methods are quite simple. In fact both use the same option, but the second method is easier for experienced users.

Method one:

1. Click on the Start Menu
2. Open the Settings App
3. Select the Personalization option.
4. Now choose the option which says “Lock Screen”
5. At the very end of the options in the right pane of the Window, are the words “Screen Saver Settings”. Click on it.
6. Now the Screen Saver selector should open. Choose any of the built-in screen savers, and customize it to your liking, and hit Apply and ok.

You’re good to go. And it does look like the option from Windows 7, i.e., it isn’t themed like the other parts of Windows 10 UI.

Method Two:

1. Click on the Start Menu
2. Type the word screen saver (or just screen).
3. Click on the result which says “Turn screen saver on or off”.

This will take you the screen in step 5, mentioned in method one. There is no difference in these methods, except some people prefer using the keyboard to navigate (especilaly laptop users), while some prefer the speed of the mouse.

Oh, and there are very few screen savers in Windows 10 by default, some of which have no customization at all, so you’re better off choosing a custom one like YoWindow which also displays the weather in addition to plenty of landscapes.