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Can I script actions while screensaver is engaged and a USB device is attached?

I have a Mac mini running Mojave that starts a screensaver at login. The screensaver is with password prompt, meaning that until a password is entered, it will not show the desktop. I only have the ...
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Show random image for screensaver, no slideshow

Is there any way to have the screensaver show a single random image from a folder of images, but to not rotate the images in a slideshow? The closest thing I can get is by selecting the "Classic" ...
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How do I change the image display duration in the Catalina screensavers?

I am using macOS 10.15.2 I have tried: OS X Mavericks screensaver changes pictures too quickly: How do I slow it down? and it doesn't work. Then I tried: How do I control the image display duration ...
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How to set screensaver as desktop background in Mojave and above

High Sierra, how to set screensaver as desktop background? explains how to use the Screensaver as an (animated) desktop background. Unfortunately the -background option to /S*/L*/F*/S*/R*/...
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Debug screensaver randomly exiting

Been having this issue for a while now on a 2016 15", 10.14.6. Log: 11:27:31.846649 kernel ALF, old data swfs_pid_entry <private>, updaterules_msg <private>, ...
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Third-party screensavers only filling 1/4 screen since Catalina?

I use third-party screensavers, especially a snow-themed one around the holidays. However, some of them only take up the bottom-left quarter of the screen now. The screensaver preview is exactly how ...
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How do I run Apple2.saver from XScreensaver as an application?

From the XScreenSaver collection, https://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/, we have the interesting Apple ][+ simulator. According to its description, it can also be run as an application. But how? If I ...
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macOS: How to determine what interrupted screensaver

I run macOS Mojave 10.14.6 on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013). TL;DR: How can I find out what interrupted the screen saver? I'm investigating an issue where the screensaver (which ...
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macOS doesn't sleep when password is required 15 minutes after screensaver starts

I run macOS Mojave 10.14.6 on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013). Except when specified, all settings and behaviours described in this post refer to the Mac connected to a power adapter. My ...
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Does Screen Time log apps running with no windows open or while in screensaver mode?

I noticed my Mac is logging 10hr+ daily usage of Mail, Safari and stuff. But they are just running in the background - since I don't want to always quit and launch these frequently used apps. But I am ...
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How to auto-lock MacBook when inactive (without enabling screensaver)

It is super easy to automatically lock a MacBook after a few minutes of inactivity, but this requires enabling a screensaver. https://www.google.com/search?q=auto+lock+macbook However, this method ...
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Is there any way to force the Mac to not to log me out after ten minutes?

With this setting on the Mac Mini: The screensaver comes on the screen turns off after ten minutes or so. This has just happened three times running. Is there another setting which makes the Mac ...
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Screensaver won't exit until MacMini Sleeps — how to fix?

I have a Mac mini (2018) running macOS 10.14.6. When the screen saver turns on, it doesn't turn off until the computer goes to sleep. If I move the mouse or type keys, I hear a "beep" indicating that ...
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Disable screensaver when connected via Screen Sharing?

I have my mac set to show a screensaver, but every now and then when I'm working away from home I'll connect to it using Screen Sharing from and leave it connected. If the screensaver starts running ...
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Does automator work when screensaver is active

I have set a function in automator that opens a website everyday in specific time (after midnight basically). So I decided to leave mac turned on to let automator work. Instead I trigger screensaver ...
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Can't exit screen saver except with system sleep

When my Mac Mini goes into screen saver, I can't get out of it unless I press the hotkey that puts the computer to sleep. If I do that, then immediately press the shift-key, it wakes up from sleep and ...
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How to prevent the screensaver occasionally showing “No photos”?

I have my screensaver set to show photos from a shared album in my photo library. Normally this works fine, but occasionally it fails to load any of the photos and just shows a black screen with the ...
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Mac System Preference Screen Saver “Start after:” setting is always disabled [duplicate]

I've been searching for the answer for a while, but I haven't been able figure it out. I'd like to lower start time of my Mac's screen saver, but it's always disabled, and I cannot make it go up/down....
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Where can I find *all* screensaver files on MacOS Sierra?

When I go to "Desktop & Screen Saver", I see about 20 different screensavers. All online resources I've found have directed me to one of these locations, none of which contain ALL of the ...
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How to run the screensaver through a hotkey? [duplicate]

I have a really cool screen saver called Aerial (type brew cask install aerial in terminal to install) but when I lock my screen through ctrl+shift+pwr I just see the lock screen. The common solution ...
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Default screen saver after timed log out

Can the default screen saver that kicks in after timed log out, be customised? Default is irritating 'Pong' type with computer's name bouncing around.
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Screensaver/turn off second screen while not in use

So I've started working with an external monitor connected to my MacBook Pro trough a elgato thunderbolt 2 dock. I've made the external monitor my primary monitor, and since it's ultrawide I rarely ...
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How to show Scrrensaver / Wallpapers during active Lock screen

Since Maverick we have the cool lock screen feature. (Control + Command + Q). When I lock the screen with this method all applications keep running (wich is desired behaviour) and nobody can access ...
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Screen Saver Stuck On, How To Escape?

Today I encountered a problem with the screen-saver, in which it couldn't be deactivated in order to return to normal work. Normally, hitting escape will deactivate the screen-saver, but this did not ...
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Mojave screen saver starts randomly

I have a new Mojave (10.14.1) installation on an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017). My screen saver is set to start after 5 minutes. I have a hot corner defined to start the screen saver. I have ...
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How to keep lock screen always on when connected to external monitor and charging

I'm using a 3rd party utility to set very eye pleasing wallpapers on my 2013 MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave 10.14.2. Now I don't get to enjoy the beautiful sceneries in the background while I'm ...
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Weird Distorted Paint Screen When Waking MacBook Air 2017 (High Sierra)

Once in a while when waking my MacBook Air (from being off the charger and closed to open), I see a weird paint screen flash for a second (probably less then that). It kinda resembles that paint like-...
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screen saver and lock not in the same time

i want my mac-book (Mojave 10.14.1) to enter screen saver after a certain time but enter lock after longer time. is it possible? i tried looking for it in screensaver setting and in energy setting ...
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Screensaver start time always set to 20 minutes

UPDATE: After observing this for a day or two, I can see that the idleTime is set to 5 minutes within System Preferences while defaults -currentHost read com.apple.screensaver idleTime still returns ...
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Can't change time before password is required after sleep or screen saver starts

I recently upgraded to Mojave on my 2015 MBP. I had the time before password is required after sleep or screen saver begins set at 1 hour which is what it still says in System Preferences but I ...
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How do I control the image display duration in the Mojave screensavers?

How do I adjust the display duration of images used in the Mojave screensaver?
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Screensaver stuck at “loading photos”

My MacBook Pro with Mojave sticks at "loading photos" when screensaver is activated or previewed. I have reset SMC and NVRAM but did not help. I have also removed com.apple.screensaver*.plist from ...
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disable screensaver

I stop my computer from sleeping by going into System Preferences > Energy Saver > Power Adapter and sliding "Turn display off after:" to 'Never'. But after a long time the mac screensaver turns on ...
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What is the safest way to shut down a Mac which is stuck at the screensaver?

I use a MacBook Pro for work. According to my workplace's policy, when I leave my desk, I lock the screen. There's a bug in MacOS High Sierra where sometimes when I come back and unlock the screen, ...
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How to enable screen saver for login screen?

I have macOS 10.13.6 running on my MacBookPro (15-inch, 2017). I went into Energy Saver and set "Turn display off after:" to 1.5 hours. I went into "Screen Saver" and set it to start after 20 minutes. ...
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Using ScreenSaverEngine with -background flag, does not open it in background

I have used this guide on Medium to use the screensaver as wallpaper. I just got a new iMac at work with macOS v10.13.6. and was intending to do the same. But running the command in terminal with -...
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Unable to change screen saver of any user on a Macbook Pro

I have recently taken over a 2017 MBP from a colleague. Apparently I was given a complete base re-install of OSX and upgraded to High Sierra, i.e. all previous custom configurations were reset. ...
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AppleScript: complex script for WIFI login, getting time and launch screensaver

Experts! I'm new to apple script and struggling with its complexity...But maybe someone can help. The thing I want to do my iMac: The iMac is used to work as a HighEnd slideshow for an artist work. ...
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How to stop screensaver with a keyboard button press, rather than a mouse button press

When then screensaver is activated, pressing a button on the keyboard does not stop the show and display the lockscreen. The system bell chimes, but the screensaver show continues. If I press a ...
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just upgraded to High Sierra and cannot change screen saver anymore

the screen saver always stick to Flurry I tried the method here in How to change the the screensaver using terminal (without using Preference Panel)? but still failed only the Show with clock is ...
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diskutil eject fails when screensaver is active

Have a bunch of DVD drives connected via USB. Have written some bash scripting to interact with these drives and eject the discs when done. Running MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite)....yes I know, need to get ...
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What geographic location is shown in the macOS High Sierra default desktop image?

Looks like Convict Lake, just off US395 in Mono County...but I'm guessing. Does anyone know where the fall mountain scene with the lake was photographed?
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High Sierra, how to set screensaver as desktop background?

Before I updated my OS I was able to set my current screen saver as my desktop background using this command found in this answer /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/...
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How to allow the “Word of the Day” screen saver to fetch the words with LittleSnitch?

A friend of mine (not on StackEchange) has used LittleSnitch to explicitly disallow Internet access for every process/app that attempted to access the Internet except the ones he actually needs to do ...
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What are Hot corners in macOS?

I just got a new Mac and while addressing my screen saver I was prompted about hot corners. What are they and how should they be used?
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How to change screensaver user name and/or iterm2 top bar name on mac [duplicate]

I am new to macbook pro. A few weeks ago I bought used macbook pro. I tried to change user name and it looks somewhat well. But when I open my iterm2, something that I don't want is wroten(MBP085ui). ...
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iLife Slideshows screen saver not working after update to macOS High Sierra 13.13.3

My screen saver - that shuffles between a list of files in a folder - have stopped working after I updated to 13.13.3. When the screen saver starts it shows a black screen with the following message: ...
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Is it possible to install a custom screensaver?

Is it possible to make or install a custom screensaver on to use on macOS? For example: create a video or GIF and use it as a screensaver.
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Does the screensaver process halt when the screen is put to sleep?

I've got some CPU/GPU intensive screen savers that I like to use. However, I don't want to spend the CPU/GPU cycles (read: electricity) on the screen saver process if the monitor is asleep or shut off....
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Screensaver lost functions since High Sierra upgrade, can't wake screen with keyboard

Since the High Sierra upgrade, I no longer can wake my screen with the "esc" key or by pressing any key or moving my mouse. I have to click the mouse a couple of times to wake the screen. Also, my ...