Do you have a screensaver mode that doesn’t work in Windows 10? Here’s how to look at its settings and troubleshoot the problem.
The humble screensaver is one of many personalization options available in Windows. When taking a break, you can set any design, image, or text to add some fun to your screen. However, the screensaver may stop working at any time, leaving you with a blank, uninspiring screen.
Our guide will assist you in resolving the problem if your computer does not display the screensaver no matter how long you wait. We’ll also show you what to do if the screensaver freezes or you can’t get out of screensaver mode.
Turn On the Screensaver Mode via Settings
The Windows screen saver is turned off by default. So, if you don’t recall configuring its settings, it’s possible that you’ll have to start it from Windows settings. To enable and personalize the screensaver, follow these steps:
- Open Settings by pressing the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut.
- Head to Personalization.
- From the left pane, select Lock screen.
- Click Screen saver settings.
- Use the Screen saver drop-down menu to select the screensaver. You can check how the screensaver looks by clicking Preview.
- Use the field next to Wait to set after how many minutes of screen inactivity the screensaver starts.
- Click Apply > OK to save your new screensaver settings.
Check the On resume, display logon screen option if you want to lock your computer once the screensaver starts. Additionally, when you first turn on the screensaver, set the waiting time to one or two minutes to see if it works properly.
Note: You can’t change the screensaver’s settings unless you’ve activated Windows.
Run the Power Troubleshooter
It’s time to move on to Windows troubleshooting tools if you couldn’t find anything wrong with the screensaver settings. The screensaver issues may be resolved by running the Power troubleshooter.
- Click Start and go to Settings > Update & Security.
- From the left pane, select Troubleshooter.
- Click Additional troubleshooters.
- Head to Find and fix other problems.
- Click Power > Run the troubleshooter.
Any detected issue will be resolved automatically by the troubleshooter. Check to see if the screensaver is working after that.
Change the Sleep Time on Your Computer
You will never see the screensaver if it takes your computer less time to enter sleep mode than it takes to trigger it. Because your computer is already in sleep mode when the screensaver should be activated, this is the case.
Adjust the sleep time or the screensaver’s wait time to solve the problem. To change the screensaver’s wait time, follow the steps outlined above. Follow these steps to change your sleep schedule:
- Open Settings.
- Head to System > Power & sleep.
- Below Sleep, use the drop-down menus to set a new time.
Note: Both the On battery power, PC goes to sleep after and When plugged in, PC goes to sleep after options should be set to a new time.
Check the Presentation Settings
Presentation mode is one of many hidden features in Windows that you may not be aware of. It turns off the screensaver, which is great for a business environment because it doesn’t interrupt your speech.
Right-click Start and select Mobility Center to disable presentation mode. Then, below Presenting, click the Turn Off button. Click the Projector icon if you want to look at more options.
Run an SFC Scan
The System File Checker should fix any damaged or corrupt system files that are preventing the screensaver from working properly. To begin the scanning process, open Command Prompt with administrative rights and type sfc /scannow.
Because the process may take some time, make sure you don’t close the Command Prompt window. The SFC will automatically replace any corrupted or damaged files it finds.
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Disconnect Any External Devices You No Longer Need
If the screensaver does not activate after you set it up, try removing some devices that you no longer use. External devices such as joysticks, cameras, or headphones may prevent the screensaver from triggering.
If the screensaver still won’t start after disconnecting all unnecessary devices, try one of the other options on our list.
Reset Power Plan Settings
Because the screensaver is a power feature, it can be prevented from triggering by errant power settings. In this case, restoring the power plan’s default settings should resolve the issue. Here’s how to go about it:
- Open Control Panel.
- From the View by menu, select Large icons or Small icons.
- Open Power options.
- Click Change plan settings > Restore default settings for this plan.
Do you have a computer that is stuck in Screensaver Mode?
There’s also the situation where the screensaver works perfectly until you try to return to work and are unable to do so. If you tried to use your mouse and nothing happened, it’s possible that your mouse is to blame.
If you’re using a Bluetooth mouse, try disconnecting and reconnecting it or checking the battery. Also, make sure there is no dust on your desk or mouse pad, as this will prevent your mouse from working properly.
If your mouse is fine but you still can’t get out of screensaver mode, press Ctrl + Alt + Del, then Esc. Furthermore, pressing the Windows key should assist you.
Make Your Computer Your Own
Screen savers were created to prevent monitors from becoming overheated. If an image was displayed for a long time on a CRT monitor, it would become burnt in.
While modern monitors don’t have this issue, you can still use a screensaver to relive the nostalgia of older systems or to personalize your screen when you’re not using it.