Long ago before the era of LCD monitors, when cathode ray tube displays reigned supreme, the Microsoft developers invented screen savers to protect CTR screens against burn-in during long working sessions. With the appearance of LCD monitors the burn-in problem has become non-existent. Thanks to new technology screen savers were no longer really needed.    

Nevertheless, older plasma monitors are still in use and they are still susceptible to burn-in, and if you happen to use one of those models, you can activate a screen saver on your Windows 10 computer. Also, if you want your display to look unique when you are not using it – just activate a screen saver. Today we’re going to explain, how to use, select, and customize screen savers on Windows 10.

How to set up screen savers on Windows 10

So, for whatever reason you decided you need a screen saver on your Windows 10 computer. Here is what you need to do:  

Go to Settings.

Open the menu called Personalization.

Windows Settings

Select Lock screen on the left sidebar.

Lock screen

Find the Screen saver settings in the next window and click that link.

The Screen saver settings menu will appear, where you will see the drop-down menu with multiple screen savers available to you.

Screen Saver Settings

Keep in mind that some screen savers are customizable – there is the Settings button near the drop-down menu. For instance, if you choose the screen saver called “Photos,” you can open its Settings and select the images that will shown on the screen, when your PC enters the idle state. Another good example – the 3D Text scree saver, which lets you type whatever you want or select the current time.

There is another useful feature you can use – the option called “Wait.” It lets you set the period of inactivity that precedes the activation of your screen saver.

If you would like to keep your computer locked after the activation of the chosen screen saver, then just check the following option: On resume, display the logon screen.

On resume, display the logon screen

Click Apply.

Click OK.

After completing these steps, you will have an active screen saver on your PC with the specified settings.

Also, there is a similar feature available on the Xbox One console. It dims the screen after a period of inactivity to minimize the burn-in effect on OLED and other displays. So, it is basically a screen saver as well.