How to Customize Screen Saver in Windows 11

Written by Thirumalraj

In this post, you’ll see:

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Open Screen Saver Settings

Here, you’ll learn how to open the Screen Saver Settings popup window in Windows 11. Moreover, you’ll know how you can make a shortcut for it. Let’s begin with the former.

Method #1

Right-click the blank space on the desktop and select “Personalize.” Click the Lock screen on the right and then “Screen saver.”

Method #2

Open the Start menu and type screen saver to see the “Change screen saver.” Click on it.

Method #3

Open the Control Panel and type screen saver in the search box at the top right. Click the “Change screen saver” link.

Method #4

Open the Settings app and type screen saver in the search box at the right. Click “Change screen saver.”

Method #5

Open Run Command, type control desk.cpl,,@screensaver, and then hit Enter key.

You can use the above command in the following programs:

  • Command Prompt
  • Task Manager (Click File > Run new task to use the command)
  • File Explorer address bar

That’s all.

How to Create a Screen Saver Settings Shortcut

Here’s how to create a Screen Saver Settings shortcut on your desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on a blank area of File Explorer or the desktop. Select New > Shortcut. Type control desk.cpl,,@screensaver, and then hit the Next button.

If you don’t like the suggested shortcut name, change it. Click the Finish button.

How to Customize a Screen Saver in Windows 11

Open Screen Saver Settings (see the first section in this post for steps to do this task).

In the “Screen saver” section, you’ll find a drop-down list of screen savers. There’s no screen saver selected by default, which is why you can see (None) here.

Select the one you prefer from the drop-down list. The available ones are:

  • 3D Text
  • Blank
  • Bubbles
  • Mystify
  • Photos
  • Ribbons

Click the Settings button. You can view the settings if the screen saver has them. Otherwise, you’ll be notified that it has none. You can customize the settings as you wish.

To see a preview of the screen saver, click the Preview button.

In the “Wait” field, you can specify the time of inactivity, after which the screen saver should appear. Here, the number represents minutes.

The “On resume, display logon screen” option automatically locks the PC when a screen saver appears. You can select it if you wish.

By clicking on the “Change power settings” link in the “Power management” section, you can access the Power Options.

Hit the OK button to save the changes.

That’s all.


  • If you don’t want the screen saver, select (None) from the drop-down list.
  • Follow these steps to set your PC to lock after a specific time of inactivity automatically:
  1. Choose (None) from the drop-down list. Activate the “On resume, display logon screen” option.
  1. Provide the time after which you want the PC to lock automatically in the “Wait” field. Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

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