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How to enable and configure the Windows 11 screensaver

Setting procedure to enable Windows 11 screen saver

1. Open lock screen settings

On the desktop (home) screen where there is nothing such as an icon, right-click and click “Personalize” in the menu.
 When Personalization appears, click Lock screen to open the lock screen settings.

2. Open screen saver settings

Click “Screen saver” under “Related settings” in Lock screen settings.

3. Select and activate screen saver type

Enable screensaver

Once the screensaver settings are open, you can enable the screensaver by selecting anything other than “None” in the screensaver selection box.

Screensaver basic settings

Set the operation stop time until the screen saver is displayed

Click the “▲▼” of ” Wait time ” to set the time from when the computer is stopped until the screen saver is displayed .

Password input setting when returning from the screen saver

Set whether to display the sign-in screen and enter the password or directly display the desktop when returning from the screen saver. Default is no password Enable Password If
you put a check mark in “Return to logon screen when asked again” and set it to the selected state, password input will be enabled.
 Bypass password
Remove the checkmark to deselect to allow the use of the PC without entering a password when the screensaver wakes up.

Even if you omit the password, you need to set it separately if the screen saver state goes to sleep mode .
Windows 11 How to cancel password input when waking from sleep
The next section introduces the type settings, such as making it a screensaver slideshow.


Windows 11 screen saver type and advanced settings

 You can check the status of the screen saver by clicking the ” Preview ” button. Also, the Advanced Settings button is only available for 3D Text and Photo Slideshow. You can set the following types of screensavers.

Screen saver (none)

Selecting “None” for the screensaver setting basically disables the screensaver. However, it can be enabled with the following settings. There is no setting function.
By checking “Return to logon screen when asked again”, the screen saver is enabled and the lock screen can be displayed on the screen saver.
Windows 11 How to switch to the lock screen after stopping operation and setting the waiting time

screensaver 3d text

If you select “3D Text” as the screensaver setting, the characters will be displayed in rotation. The initial value of the character is “Windows”, but you can change the character, font, size, style, etc. 

Advanced settings for 3D text

Click the “Settings” button, such as changing characters, and customize with detailed settings.
* If you do not click “OK” after completing the settings, the settings will not be reflected. Also, click “OK” on the screen saver settings.

Advanced text settings
  • Change the display type and characters
    Select “Time” to display the time. Select custom text to see the characters. In addition, characters can be changed in the box
  • Change character style
    When you click the “Select font” button, the font selection screen is displayed, so you can change the font.
  • Resolution
    When you slide “Resolution” to “Low”, it becomes rough, and when you slide to “High”, it is displayed clearly.
  • Sliding to ” Small
    ” will make the display smaller, and “Large” will make it appear larger than the slide.

Rotation type

  • “None” cannot be selected
  • “Rotation” rotates horizontally by default
  • “Seesaw” is a repetition that rotates a little sideways and moves
  • “Yoro yoro” is a repetition of rotating diagonally and changing the direction of the angle.
  • “Double” rotates at various angles
Surface style

Character decoration can be customized.

  • “Single color” Character decoration using only one color
  • “Texture” Character decoration with motifs such as wood and nature
  • Character decoration with shining metallic feeling with the default value of “reflection”
  • “Custom texture” enables “Texture selection” and selects and sets the image (bitmap only) that is the material for text decoration.

Screensaver bubble

With the desktop screen displayed, multiple bubbles move like soap bubbles. There is no setting function.

Screensaver blank

The desktop screen goes black. The screen is not powered off. There is no setting function.

Screensaver line art

A lot of thin streamlined lines appear and disappear, then appear and disappear from different places, repeating the process. There is no setting function.

Screensaver ribbon

Multiple streamlined fluorescent lines appear and disappear while changing shape, and repeat the action of appearing and disappearing from different places. There is no setting function.

Screensaver ribbon

Multiple streamlined fluorescent lines appear and disappear while changing shape, and repeat the action of appearing and disappearing from different places. There is no setting function.

Screensaver photo (slideshow)

Images in “Photos” are selected by folder, not by file. If there are multiple images in a folder, they can be displayed in a slide show. You can select a folder by clicking the “Settings” button and making advanced settings. * If you do not click “Save” after completing the settings, the settings will not be reflected. Also, click “OK” on the screen saver settings.


Click Browse to select the folder containing the images you want to display in your screensaver.

  • This function automatically selects and displays only images even if there are files other than images in the folder.
  • If there is only one image in the folder, the slide show cannot be performed.
  • If there are multiple images in the folder, all of them will be displayed as a slide show on the screen saver, so move the images you do not want to display in advance.

Slideshow speed

You can select the speed at which images are switched in a slideshow from three types: “Slow”, “Medium”, and “Fast”. If you check “Play images randomly” and select it, the image that was displayed earlier may be displayed even though there are images that have not been displayed in order.


Screen saver role

Screen saver is mainly a display and PC protection function such as logout (lock) function in Windows 7 or earlier, animation display to prevent screen burn-in, slide show enjoyment, etc. 

  • Display protection

    The screen saver is a function that prevents image lines from being burned in when the same image is displayed on the display for a long time, and even if the screen is turned off. Burn-in has decreased now, but if a still image is displayed for a long time, it may still burn-in.

  • safety

    Screensavers are used to hide what is displayed on the computer screen, such as when you leave your desk. You can increase security by requiring a password when reactivating the screensaver.

  • entertainment

    The screensaver can display a slideshow of your favorite images. You can enjoy looking at the display during breaks.

Currently, screensavers are not mainstream in Windows, and by default, the screen is turned off to protect the display and changed to energy saving specifications, and the lock screen is displayed for a short time when returning. For this reason, the screensaver is associated with the lock screen, and the screensaver settings are also located on the lock screen.

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