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How to enable screen saver on Windows 11

Windows 11 Screen Saver
Windows 11 Screen Saver (Image credit: Windows Central)

In the old days, screen savers were an essential feature to show slow animations to prevent those big cathode-ray tube (CRT) monitors from producing burn-in on the screen. However, once the liquid-crystal display (LCD) monitor took over, burn-in became a thing of the past, and so did most screen savers.

Although this feature is no longer essential for the normal operation of computers, Windows 11 still kept these retro screen savers around for the times when you need to use a monitor that's still susceptible to burn-in or ghosting, or if you simply want a cool animation to play while you're away from your computer.

In this Windows 11 guide, we'll list some easy-to-follow steps, so you can turn on and configure the legacy screen saver feature on your computer.

How to configure screen saver on Windows 11

To enable and configure screen sever on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Lock screen page on the right side.

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  1. Under the "Related settings" section, click the Screen saver option.

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  1. Under the "Screen saver" section, select the screen saver for Windows 11:
    • None: Disable the screen saver feature.
    • 3D text: Allows you to print a custom message as the screen saver.
    • Blank: Shows a black screen as the screen saver.
    • Bubbles: Creates bouncing bubbles using the desktop as the background.
    • Mystify: Uses a mystify design that changes colors as the screen saver.
    • Photos: Allows you to show a collection of pictures when the computer is inactive.
    • Ribbons: Uses a ribbon animation that changes colors of the screen saver.

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  1. Click the Settings button (if applicable).
  2. Configure the available settings to your likings.Quick note: The only ones you can configure are the 3D text and Photos options. In the 3D text settings, you can create a custom message, control the visual style, speed, motion, surface style, and more. And in the Photos option, you can choose the folder with the collection of pictures you want to show on the screen, and there is an option to control the speed and rotation.
  3. Use the Wait option to specify the number of minutes of inactivity before the screen saver turns on.

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  1. (Optional) Check the On resume, display the logon screen option to lock the computer automatically when the screen saver is running.
  2. Click the Apply button.
  3. Click the OK button.

Once you complete these steps, Windows 11 will run the screen saver with the settings you specified.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

1 Comment
  • Hey Mauro. Do you know if windows 11 screen savers are still *.scr files?
    If so is there any repositories you know of that can be used to add more screen savers to Windows 11?