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How to Setup Screensaver and Customize on Mac?

27 Dec 2022, 18:52 GMT+10


If you're anything like me, you spend a lot of time on your Mac, whether it's for work, leisure, or both. And while it's great to have a reliable computer that you can depend on, sometimes it's nice to mix things up a bit. One way to do this is by changing your screen saver.

Adding some personalization to your Mac, such as a screen saver or wallpaper, is a nice addition. Fortunately, you can set up such a feature very easily.

We will explain how to access your Mac screen saver settings, how to select a new screen saver, and how to customize it. As well as setting the number of seconds before the screen saver activates, we will also show you how often you want it to appear.

Screensavers: What do they do?

A screen saver is a program that displays moving images or patterns on your screen when your Mac is inactive for a certain amount of time. Not only do screen savers add a bit of visual interest to your desktop, but they can also help protect your display from burn-in by constantly moving and changing.

It is an animated image that appears on a computer screen when the user isn't active for a certain length of time. You can choose from random images, custom text, or even a simple clock as screen savers. You can find more details about screensaver at Wikipedia.

You'll find everything you need to know here about setting up a screen saver for your Mac.

Screen Saver Setup on a Mac

Here are some simple instructions to help you set up and customize your macOS screen saver:

First, let's go over how to access the screen saver settings on your Mac.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select "System Preferences."
  3. In the System Preferences window, click on the "Desktop & Screen Saver" icon.

Now that we have the screen saver settings open, let's go over how to choose a new screen saver.

  1. On the left side of the window, you'll see a list of options under the "Screen Saver" tab.
  2. Click on the dropdown menu next to "Screen Saver" and you'll see a list of screen savers to choose from.
  3. Scroll through the list and click on the screen saver you'd like to use. You can also preview the screen saver by clicking on it.
  4. Once you've chosen your screen saver, click on the "Screen Saver Options" button to customize it.

Now that you've chosen and customized your screen saver, let's go over how to set the amount of time before the screen saver activates.

  1. In the "Desktop & Screen Saver" window, click on the "Power Adapter" tab.
  2. Under the "Computer Sleep" and "Display Sleep" sections, you can use the dropdown menus to set the amount of time before your computer and display go to sleep, respectively.
  3. You can also set the "Start screen saver" option to a specific amount of time, or you can choose "Never" if you don't want to use a screen saver at all.

And that's it! You now know how to set up and customize the screen saver on your Mac. With just a few clicks, you can give your screen saver a personal touch and make it your own. So go ahead and experiment with different screen savers and see which one you like the best.

The Best Way to Password Protect Your Mac When It Displays a Screen Saver

When the screen saver appears, you can also make your Mac require a password in order to log back in. This is a useful feature that prevents unauthorized access to your Mac.

You can set the Mac to require a password when the screen saver displays by opening System Preferences, and then going to Security & Privacy > General > Password Requirements.

Final thoughts

Congratulations on setting up and customizing the screen saver on your Mac!

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you now know how to access the screen saver settings, choose a new screen saver, customize it to your liking, and set the amount of time before it activates. There are several types of screensavers you can play around with but the most usable and the ones that gives an aesthetic look are flip clock screensavers that makes it easy to see date and time when your screen is idle.

Whenever your Mac is inactive, you should now be able to see your personalized screen saver. Also, you can customize the folder icons in macOS, adjust the duration of the screen saver, and lock the Mac when it is activated.

We hope this guide has been helpful and that you enjoy your new screen saver. Don't be afraid to experiment with different screen savers and see which one you like the best. Happy screen saver-ing!

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