How to change the screen saver on Mac


Whether you want to add a personal graphic style to your Mac, or prevent burn-in on an OLED, plasma, or CRT screen, macOS lets you select from a number of attractive screen savers. Here’s how to set it up.

How do screen savers work?

Some types of monitors and televisions you may have connected to your Mac can suffer from burn-in, which means that certain areas of the screen will degrade in image quality over time if they continually display the same static image. The theory behind screen savers is that they continuously display a fluid, moving image that causes the image to change so that no area is burned.

Even if you’re not worried about getting burned out (as with the LCD panels on most modern monitors), screen savers are also a fun way to personalize your Mac. You can use them for fun things like displaying a custom message, displaying album works art or play slideshows of your favorite photos when you’re not using your machine.

It’s worth noting that if you won’t be using your Mac for a while, you can set macOS to automatically turn off your screen or simply put your Mac to sleep, which can help you save power over time.

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How to set screen savers on Mac

To set up screen savers on a Mac, you’ll need to visit the built-in System Preferences app. Open System Preferences by clicking the Apple logo in the menu bar, then choosing “System Preferences” from the menu that appears.

When System Preferences opens, select “Desktop & Screen Saver.”

In the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences, you’ll see the default desktop background options. Click the “Screen Saver” tab near the top of the window to see your screen saver options.

On the Screen Saver tab, you’ll see a list of available screen savers with thumbnails in a column on the left side of the window. Scroll through them and select the one you want to use by clicking on it. You will see an animated preview appear on the right side of the window.

In Mac Systm Preferences, select a screen saver time on the left side of the window.

After selecting the screen saver you want to use, you can have the screen saver appear automatically after a certain period of time by checking the box next to “Show screen saver after” and then selecting a time (such as “5 minutes” ) in the dropdown list. -menu below.

Check the box next to "Show screensaver after" and select a time from the dropdown menu.

On the same screen, you can also check boxes that select a random screen saver each time or display a clock with the screen saver. Or you can click “Hot Corners” to activate the screen saver when you place the mouse cursor on a certain corner of the screen.

When you’re done, close System Preferences and your changes will automatically save. If you ever want to disable the screen saver, revisit System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver and uncheck the “Show screen saver after” box. Good luck!

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