How to Set Screen Saver on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Mac’s screen staying idle and dull? Well, why not set a screen saver to add some life to your display?

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting a screen saver on your Mac. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple logo located in the top-left corner of your screen. A drop-down menu will appear. From this menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Navigating to Desktop & Screen Saver

Once you are in the System Preferences window, look for and click on the “Desktop & Screen Saver” icon. It is represented by an image of a blue desktop with a mountain range.

Step 3: Selecting the Screen Saver tab

In the Desktop & Screen Saver window, you will find multiple tabs at the top. Click on the one labeled “Screen Saver”. This will bring up all the available screen saver options.

Step 4: Choosing a Screen Saver

You are now presented with a variety of screen saver options to choose from. Scroll through and explore the different options until you find one that catches your eye.

Note: To get a preview of how each screen saver looks, simply click on it once and it will be displayed in the preview window on the right side of the window.

Tips for selecting a great screen saver:

  • Pictures Folder: This option allows you to use your own collection of photos as a slide show for your screen saver. To do this, choose “Pictures Folder” and then click on the “Choose Folder” button to select the folder containing your desired images.
  • Flurry: If you prefer a more interactive screen saver, try out “Flurry”. It creates a mesmerizing display of colors that react to your mouse movements.
  • Word of the Day: For those who enjoy expanding their vocabulary, “Word of the Day” displays a new word with its definition as your screen saver.

Step 5: Customizing Screen Saver Options

Once you have selected a screen saver, you can further customize its behavior. Click on the “Screen Saver Options..” button to access these settings.

Common customization options include:

  • Start after: This option determines how long your Mac needs to be idle before the screen saver activates. You can choose from various time intervals such as 1 minute, 5 minutes, etc.
  • Show with clock: Enabling this option will display the current time on top of your screen saver.
  • Show with music: If you are playing music on iTunes while your Mac is idle, enabling this option will show iTunes artwork and playback controls along with your screen saver.

Step 6: Finalizing Your Settings

After customizing your preferences, click on the “OK” button. You will be taken back to the Screen Saver tab in System Preferences. Your chosen screen saver should now be visible in the preview window on the right side of the window.


If you wish to disable or change your screen saver in the future, simply revisit the Screen Saver tab in System Preferences and follow the same steps outlined above.

Congratulations! You have successfully set a screen saver on your Mac. Now, whenever your computer is idle, your chosen screen saver will activate, adding a touch of personalization and visual delight to your Mac experience!

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