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Setting Up Screen Savers

In the past, you needed a screen saver (a continually moving display) to protect your monitor from screen burn in. With new technology, those days are gone. Screen savers are more for entertainment than anything else. When you leave your computer idle for a specified wait time, a screen saver displays a continuous scene, such as an aquarium, until you move your mouse to stop it. If a security option is set in the Security & Privacy pane in System Preferences, your computer requires a password when you wake from a screen saver. You can select a slide show (New!) or screen saver (New!) from the ones provided with OS X, such as Sliding panels or Photo Wall, or select a source, such as National Geographic (New!) or a folder on your computer with pictures (all saved in the same format). With iTunes Artwork, you can turn screen saver into a jukebox; just click an album. With iPhoto, you can use onscreen controls to pause or flip through photos in an album.

Set Up a Screen Saver

  • bluecircle_1.jpg Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Desktop & Screen Saver icon.
  • bluecircle_2.jpg Click the Screen Saver tab.
  • bluecircle_3.jpg Click a slideshow or screen saver.

    • Select Random to use different screen savers each time.
  • bluecircle_4.jpg Select from the available options (New!) for the selected item:

    • Click the Source pop-up, select a default source or Choose Folder, and then select one.
    • Select the Shuffle slide order check box to shuffle order.
    • Click Screen Saver Options, select the option you want, and then click OK.
  • bluecircle_5.jpg Click the Start after pop-up, and then select a time when the screen saver starts or Never.
  • bluecircle_6.jpg Select the Show with clock check box to show the clock.
  • bluecircle_7.jpg To activate the screen saver with your mouse pointer, click Hot Corners, specify the options you want in the corner you want it, and then click OK.
  • bluecircle_8.jpg Click the Close button.
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