Screensavers were developed to prevent phosphor burn-in on CRT and plasma computer monitors.

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What's the fastest way to trigger your screensaver? (Windows 7)

Ideally, I'd like to be able to press 1 button on my keyboard and have the screensaver come up, and not just a preview, but the actual screensaver such that when I try to access the computer it shows ...
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Is there a real reason to use a screen saver?

Other than entertainment, is there a real reason to use a screen saver? Does it somehow "save your screen"?
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Change Linux console screen blanking behavior

How do I change the screen blanking behavior on Linux virtual terminals? For example, if I switch to a VT from X, login, and leave the system alone for 5 minutes or so, the screen will blank like a ...
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Where can I get a “black screen” screensaver for OS X Lion?

Mac OS X Lion doesn't come with a "black screen" screensaver. Where can I get a screensaver that works with Lion and blanks the screen?
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Run a batch/cmd upon screensaver

Is there a way to run a .bat or .cmd when the screensaver starts? I've noticed some .exe can run if you rename them to .scr but is that it?
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How can I trigger the screensaver on my Mac?

When I step away from my computer, I want to turn the screensaver on. Any suggestions for how I could do that?
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How can I prevent a policy-enforced screen lock in Windows 7?

Our corporate BOFH imposes the screen lock setting with a ridiculously short delay. It's frustrating and counterproductive. Is there a way to prevent the automatic screen lock? I would assume there ...
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How can I display a web page as my Gnome screensaver?

We'd like to change our screensavers to show the current status of our service at a glance. We already have a page that shows uptime, build status, and more as large red and green squares, and that ...
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Transparent screensaver for Windows?

I am looking for a transparent screensaver. Or a way for there to be no screen saver, but instead of locking, it disables the mouse and most of the keyboard, until I hit an unlock key.
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What is the usefulness of a screensaver on a computer using a LCD monitor?

Old computers were using CRT monitors and when an image was continuously displayed on the screen, it became marked. So, screensaver where invented to avoid screen burn-in. Laptops and modern ...
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How to wake from screensaver directly to the login screen in Ubuntu

(a.k.a. How to switch users without entering password, part II) (see part I) I've got Ubuntu 9.10 with a user account for my wife, and one for myself. "Wake-from-screensaver" should result in "choose ...
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Screensaver won't start in windows 8

I had windows 7 on my computer for some times, I decided to install windows 8. Had no problem with windows 7 with the same hardware. But now the screensaver won't start. Even if I set it to start ...
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How can I disable all internet connections while my screensaver is running?

I was wondering if it's possible to disconnect my desktop PC from the internet entirely when starting a screensaver? I would also like to reconnect to the previously selected network (I'm using a ...
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Lock Mac after N mins of inactivity?

Is there a mac app that can lock the screen after N minutes of inactivity? Preferably N mins after the screensaver has kicked-in. Locking when the screensaver comes on is annoying - I want my ...
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Synergy Windows 7 Screen Saver issue

I have synergy server running on a Windows 7 laptop, I have another laptop running windows XP as the Client. When synergy is first started the Screen Saver will start after the 5 mins of inactivity ...
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When exactly does a Windows program pause running?

I have an app that needs to run for long period unattended on Windows XP and 7. I have it running on a remote machine that has LogMeIn installed so I can look at it from afar. The program has regular ...
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Is there a screensaver that makes my computer look unlocked?

Due to office shenanigans, I try to leave my computer locked when I step away. Sometimes I forget and hilarity ensues. What I'd like, though, is a way to detect when attempted shenanigans occur. ...
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Is there a utility for running a screensaver as a standard window?

Since I have a large widescreen, I'm splitting its area into rectangles (Using winsplit revolution), and thought it might be nice to run a screensaver in one of the smaller unused areas. Is there a ...
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Stop screen from locking when laptop lid is closed

In Ubuntu 12.04, how can I keep the screen from locking when I close my laptop? I know I can disable locking altogether, but I do want the screen to lock when inactive. And I want it to lock when I ...
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(How) can I change the time until the screensaver kicks in from the command line?

As the title asks (Windows 7). (How) can I change the time until the screensaver kicks in from the command line? Is it even possible? Normally I am happy with a 5 minute setting, but occasionally I ...
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I would like to make the screen go black every 8 seconds. How?

As the title says, because I suffer from dry eyes I've been told to blink every eight seconds when I'm in front of the computer, and I thought a black screen might help. Do you have any easy solution ...
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Any way to detect what is disabling the screensaver?

Is there any Windows application out there that will determine what process is preventing the screen saver from becoming active?
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Special Screensavers For Multiple Monitors

I am using Dual Monitor now. But the one of them is not use often, it's just for monitoring CPU RAM HARDDISK usage,clock,and some gadgets. So I really want to have a screensaver for it. I mean I need ...
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Should I use a screensaver or just turn the monitor off when I am done?

After using a screensaver for over ten years, I am starting to think about changing the way I save energy with my monitors. I want to get in the habit of shutting my monitors off when I am done using ...
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Mac OS X auto Sleep prevention

I have a problem with Mac OS X (Leopard) on my MacBook Pro: when I go away for a few minutes my laptop automatically sleeps and all my running applications stop working (such as my downloads). What ...
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How do I set a hot corner in Windows 7?

I have a dual monitor setup on my Windows 7 box at work. I'd like to know how (if possible) I can set a hot corner to start the screensaver or put the display to sleep?
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How can you lock start the screen-saver in OS X with a keyboard shortcut?

I want to be able to lock the screen quickly, and and the hot-corner thing is slow and tricky. Any ideas?
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How do I disable the SuSE screensaver?

Running SuSE 11.1 w/ KDE 4. Screensaver keeps blanking out my screen on me and I can't find a setting to turn it off. A secondary issue is that it also eventually locks my screen on me if screen is ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to start a screensaver?

For example, like I can press Win+L to lock my computer, can I press Win+(something) to start my screensaver? I'd like it to be just like if it starts automatically, where it will show lock screen on ...
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Start screen saver the moment I lock the computer on Win XP

Can I change the scheduling of the screen saver, to start as soon as I lock my Win XP?
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How to set the Screen Saver Grace Period for Windows 8?

I manually added the ScreenSaverGracePeriod (REG_DWORD) value in seconds to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon registry key and it didn't enable the screen ...
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Temporarily turn off power management / screensaver for watching movies

When watching a movie on my PC (in a flash player widget in FireFox on Windows Vista), I would like to be able to tell my PC not to switch the screen off or put the screensaver on. Now I can go into ...
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Screensaver that just disables keyboard and mouse

Does anyone know of a way that I can lock my computer without a screensaver being shown? I run some graphs that I like to check every now and then from a distance. But I don't want other people to ...
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SMPlayer does not disable screensaver

I am running SMPlayer 0.8.0 (mplayer frontend) on Linux Mint 14 64bit, when I play a movie and stop using the peripherals the screensaver kicks in after a while. I have checked the "Disable ...
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How do I make Windows-L hotkey activate my screen saver while locking the workstation?

I am using Windows 7. Currently, the Windows-L hotkey shortcut takes me to a blank Windows screen telling me to press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock the computer (requiring my password). I want to override ...
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Prevent screensaver when flash is running in linux

I imagine that my problem is not unique to my circumstances, and I have been having it for some time. I am running Arch Linux, and quite frequently watch videos, particularly flash, in fullscreen. ...
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Show RSS Feeds of IE as Screensaver

Is there a way I can display the rss feeds that I have subsribed to using IE7 or IE8 under Vista and Windows 7 as a screensaver?
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Picasa screensaver won't turn on sometimes

The Google Photo Screensaver, AKA the Picasa screensaver displays a weird behavior on my laptop: sometimes it works just fine, but lots of times it starts for a second or two, and then it stops, as if ...
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Make your Screensaver as a Wallpaper in Windows 7?

I have an ASUS laptop, a G75V model. It has 16GB Ram, 2TB of HD space, and a 2GB 660M video card. It is also a 17" LCD at 1080 DPI resolution. It has an Intel i7 processor in it. So what I think I am ...
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Mac: How to log in as different user when Mac requires password to wake from sleep?

If your Mac is set up to require a password when being awoke from sleep or the screen saver is it possible to log in as a different user? If so how?
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How to get a screensaver at the Windows 7 login screen?

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Since a couple of weeks, I no longer have a screensaver on the Windows login screen. If a user logs and then lock his session, the screensaver will start ...
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Permanently disable screensaver Fedora 19

I am creating a bash script that will 'setup' a client machine running Fedora 19 (GNOME). I need to be able to permanently disable the screensaver with no user input. I found some (granted, old) ...
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How to make a screensaver work on multiple monitors?

How do I make a screensaver work on multiple monitors? Windows XP
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Switch user from locked screensaver?

I'm having the same problem as this, but the answer from there doesn't work for me. Neither in my iMac upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion (currently at 10.8), nor from a Mac Mini with Lion Server ...
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OSX Run Bash or App as the screensaver

Is it possible to use an Application or bash script as the screensaver? I would to like to run a bash script pmatrix or App (iTerm) as the screensaver? I'm on 10.6.8.
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Where can I find a screensaver that makes the screen go blurry?

Most screen screen saver sites seem to be filled with spyware. Where can I find a screensaver that makes the screen blur?
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Lock Screen after screensaver starts + delay

I would like to have my win7 desktop lock after say 15 minutes of idle time. I also want my screensaver to start at 5 minutes of idle time. I tried using programs that run a command after a certain ...
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Slideshow screensaver with dual-monitor support?

I have a dual-monitor setup at home + work and want to show off my panoramas on them when they're not busy. I'm looking for a program that supports the following: wide-screen images (and panoramas) ...
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Where do screensavers come from in Ubuntu/Linux?

How can I add a screensaver to my system? I don't want to import an existing one, but to know the mechanics of how to CREATE one from scratch and install it as if it were one of the default ones.
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Unable to lock screen on Ubuntu LiveCD

I go to System Settings -> Screen and there are three options. "Turn off after", "Lock" and "Lock screen after". The last two are grayed out. Any ideas as to why and how I can unlock them? I've ...