How to Change Screen Saver on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the Screen Saver on Mac

Welcome to this step-by-step tutorial on how to change the screen saver on your Mac. Your screen saver is a great way to personalize your computer and add some visual interest when your computer is idle. In this article, we will guide you through the process of changing your screen saver settings on a Mac, using simple and easy-to-follow instructions.

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open a new window where you can customize various settings for your Mac.

Step 2: Selecting Desktop & Screen Saver

Once you are in System Preferences, locate and click on the “Desktop & Screen Saver” icon. This will open a new window with options for customizing your desktop and screen saver.

Step 3: Choosing the Screen Saver tab

In the Desktop & Screen Saver window, you will see two tabs at the top: “Desktop” and “Screen Saver.” Click on the “Screen Saver” tab to access the screen saver settings.

Step 4: Browsing through available screen savers

Now that you are in the Screen Saver tab, you will see a list of available screen savers on the left-hand side of the window. You can browse through these options by scrolling up or down. To preview any of these screen savers, simply click on its name in the list.


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Step 5: Selecting a screen saver

Once you have found a screen saver that you like, click on it to select it. You will see a preview of the screen saver on the right-hand side of the window. Take your time to explore different options and find the one that suits your preferences.

Step 6: Customizing screen saver settings

If you want to customize the settings for your selected screen saver, click on the “Screen Saver Options” button located below the preview window. This will open a new window with additional options for adjusting various aspects of your screen saver, such as speed, image selection, and transition effects.


Remember to experiment with different settings to create a unique and personalized experience.

Step 7: Setting up a Hot Corner (optional)

If you want quick access to activate your screen saver, you can set up a Hot Corner. This allows you to activate the screen saver by moving your cursor to a specific corner of your screen.

To set this up, go back to the Screen Saver tab and click on “Hot Corners” located at the bottom-right corner of the window. From here, choose which corner should trigger your screen saver.

Step 8: Saving changes

Once you are satisfied with your screen saver selection and any customizations made, close the Screen Saver options window. Finally, click on the red “X” button at the top-left corner of System Preferences to save your changes and exit.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your Mac’s screen saver. Now sit back and enjoy watching your new screen saver come alive when your computer is idle.

Remember, you can always come back to the Screen Saver settings in System Preferences to change or customize your screen saver whenever you like.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of changing the screen saver on your Mac. Have fun exploring different screen savers and adding a personal touch to your computer!

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