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Software to blank a display for security or to prevent hardware problems while system input is idle.

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Login field won't show on external display when clicking a keyboard key

So this only started after I unchecked the "displays have separate spaces" in system preferences. Now when my external display shows the screen saver after being idle, clicking a keyboard ...
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How do you change Screesaver folder with command line on Mac

I have an art collection of 8000 pics, I have them divided into folders of about 200 each. I'm going to use python to randomly select one of these folders so that my screensaver will continually show ...
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I noticed that my M1 Macs use an Intel process for the screensaver

Whenever I run a screensaver on my M1 Mac, I noticed that this spawns an Intel process called: legacyScreenSaver-x86_64. Anyone else seeing this? I know the entire system (including all the BSD stuff) ...
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Screen Saver settings completely missing in Big Sur?

I am running macOS Big Sur Version 11.2.1 on a M1 Mac Mini. When I try to access my screen saver settings in System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver, I now get a blank ...
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How to add specific video to “Save Hollywood” screensaver

I'm using Save Hollywood as a screensaver which allows to show a video when the screensaver kicks in. Unfortunately, my video is not able to be selected. I can click it in the selection box but it ...
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How to set lock screen in a way that it does not cut the video output?

I am currently using two screens with my macbook. When I lock the device it cuts the video output after a while and messes up the workflow of mine when it is being unlocked again. Is there any way ...
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On Catalina, How to not lock computer after screensaver starts and lock computer after lid closing?

Through settings, is it possible to lock a macbook immediately when the lid is closed, but not lock it when the automatic screensaver appears? This solution looks like it will create the desired ...
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M1 MacBook Air screensaver can't be disabled

Two problems: on both my login and my wife's login on this M1 MacBook Air: The screensaver cuts in even when delay is set to 'Never'; and What is the correct keystroke to clear the screensaver and ...
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How to turn off screen saver for remote desktop sessions in macOS Catalina?

Purchased an M1 Mac Mini. Running it headless. In the OS for my user, I have the screen saver set to "never." However, when I connect via remote desktop, the screen saver comes on after some ...
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My MacBook shows the screensaver seemingly forever! How do I tell it to just go blank after an hour or two without suspending the laptop?

For security reasons I have the screen on my MacBook set to lock after 1 minute of inactivity, at which point it displays the photos I've downloaded to it, but when I get up in the morning the screen ...
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How to prevent screen saver from preventing Zoom meeting from starting?

I'm not really sure if this is a Zoom issue or a Mac issue but maybe someone else knows. I have regular Zoom sessions several times per week. I usually fire up my computer ahead of time and sign into ...
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Screen overlay application for preventing long-term OLED burn-in on mac?

I recently acquired an OLED display for my Mac, and I'd like it to last as long as possible without suffering burn-in issues. I already set up obvious things such as using Dark Mode, turning on auto-...
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Caffeinate : prevent screensaver (Catalina)

I'm running this terminal command on Catalina hoping to keep the system awake and prevent the screensaver to start (without having to disable the screensaver in system preference). caffeinate -d -i -u ...
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How to set different pictures for Ken Burns screensaver?

I recently started using the Ken Burns screensaver on my MBP with an external monitor. Up until today, the same image was presented on both screens. Then, without any setting changes, different images ...
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Mac Mojave Sys Prefs/Screensaver slows down, locks up

iMac (late 2015), 10.14.6 -- opening Sys Prefs/Desktop & Screensaver, all actions slow down. Switching between Desktop/Screensaver, changing Screensaver options, etc, takes a couple minutes, ...
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Using a screensaver as a desktop wallpaper?

I've looked around a lot for a way to use one of the screensavers as the wallpaper for my desktop. I found a few options but all of them didn't seem to work on macOS Catalina. The way I tried to ...
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How do I start the screensaver with JXA?

In the System Events scripting dictionary there is a suite called Screen Saver Suite, however I have been unable go the methods to run. I have tried var app = Application.currentApplication() app....
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macOS Screen Saver From The Finder's Selection Via Applescript

I will like to be able to set and start the macOS screensaver via the Finder's selection using Applescript. I will also like to be able to choose which screen saver pattern will be displayed. For ...
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Do native screensavers have a hidden configuration to show image file name/path?

I have an archive of images. When they're displayed as a screensaver rotation, I'd like their names (and maybe the paths they're organized under) to show as an overlay to the image. I don't really ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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