How to change your screensaver on a Windows 10 computer to a custom animation or slideshow

Hollis Johnson/Tech InsiderYou can customise the screensaver on your Windows 10 computer to make it more personalised.


Windows 10 comes preloaded with default screensavers to protect your monitor from degradation. Certain monitors can be damaged by leaving the same image on too long. The screensaver isn’t just a functional tool, though, but a very personalised means of expressing yourself. You can make your screensaver a more personal expression by following these simple steps.

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How to change your screensaver on a Windows 10 computer

1. Either press the Windows logo on your keyboard, or press the icon at the bottom left of your screen and search “screen saver.” Click the result that says “Change screen saver.”

How to change screensaver on Windows 10Ross James/Business InsiderThe icon should look like this, and open a Windows utility window.

2. From the utility window that opens, you can pick from a number of preset animations, as well as set the timer for long your computer needs to be idle before the screensaver activates.

3. You can also choose “Photos” to set your screensaver to a slideshow of pictures instead of an animation. You can select the folder and the speed of the slideshow by pressing the “Settings” option.

How to change screensaver on Windows 10Ross James/Business InsiderHere I’ve changed my screensaver to pull from my Pictures folder in order, and to play at a medium pace.

4. If you don’t like the default animations available, you can download new screensavers online that use are.scr files. Download the .scr file and place it in the folder: “C:\Windows\System32.” The downloaded file should now appear in the dropdown bar.

How to change screensaver on Windows 10Ross James/Business InsiderI downloaded and dropped a Matrix screensaver into System32. You’ll need to close and re-open the ‘change screen saver’ window if you placed the .scr into the folder while it was open.

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