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Questions tagged [screensaver]

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

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Mac Photo Screensaver no longer able to R/L arrow through photos

Very recently Apple changed something with their screensaver. Before the change, my screen saver would come on and I would see my photos. I would be able to use the left and right arrows to scroll ...
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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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Mac Mojave, how to set screensaver as background? [duplicate]

so I updated my mac to Mojave, and using the high sierra command takes me to the login screen with the screensaver as the background. /System/Library/CoreServices/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/...
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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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How can I disable every input except trackpad for screensaver

I have a screensaver which has an option to use a trackpad gesture to exit the screensaver. Unfortunately, whenever I push any key on my keyboard, it also exits. I know that this is the default for ...
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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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How can I get the value of the “Require password X after sleep or screensaver begins” from Terminal, on High Sierra?

My company is tracking various security settings of our users. For most of them we're able to use a simple terminal command, but for the Require password after sleep" setting I couldn't find anything....
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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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Mac screensaver oddly requiring sparsebundle password

My screensaver in Mac 10.8.5 has oddly started requiring the password for a sparsebundle on my internal drive to start running. This is not to return from screensaver mode, but to start it running. ...
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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 ...
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Prevent Active Directory Users From Locking Screen

We've been having trouble with students in our new iMac lab not logging out, which ends up locking the screen and preventing anybody else from logging into the machine. While figuring out how to get ...
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Is there an app to keep screen on when another (video surveillance) app is running?

I'm using this mobile video surveillance app on my iPad, called Exacq Mobile 3 to monitor cameras in our store when I'm in the backroom. It works for what I need it, except that there's one seemingly ...
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Command line reading of screen lock timeout preferences

I'm writing a script to check for security compliance on a number of computers and wanted to verify that the user has set the computer to require a password immediately after sleep or screensaver. ...
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Apple TV triggers TV every 5 minutes

I have set my TV to turn on and/or switch to Apple TV when the ATV wakes up from sleep. Until tvOS 10 it worked as expected but since I upgraded to 11 the other day, the TV switches to the ATV input ...
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Google Featured Photos on mac stopped working

I've been using Google Featured photos screensaver, and it was fine, until recently ( I guess after upgrading to High Sierra) Right now, it comes up, it shows the photo taker's name on left down ...
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Why is networking slow to start up after exiting the screensaver?

For the past month, networking on my iMac has had strange behavior after waking up from the screensaver. For example, the first website that I visit in Google Chrome (after exiting the screensaver) ...
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My screensaver comes on after 1 minute and I can't stop it without tapping a key or moving the mouse

No matter how I change my settings, my iMac Retina's monitor switches over to the screensaver after only one minute of inactivity. Quite a bother when I'm trying to read something. This continued ...
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Displays won't sleep while screen-saver is running [duplicate]

So, I've got my screen-saver set to come on after 5 minutes, … and my display to sleep after 1 hour: Unfortunately, I get up every morning, and the displays are still running Aerial. I really, ...
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My screen saver no longer shows pictures from albums

My screen saver no longer shows pictures from albums - it says there are no photos but they are there. It will show single pictures and the default directories.
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Is there any way to decrease screensaver timeout every time my watch is moved away from the computer or phone?

Using the watch to unlock my Mac is a great feature, but I want the OS to shorten the idle time once the watch goes out of range. This way, if I'm wearing the watch, and I'm not facing the computer (...
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macOs Sierra arabesque screensaver crash in preview and can't be set

I have a Macbook Air 11.6" (early 2015) with macOS 10.12.6 installed on my Mac, and I noticed that the arabesque screensaver is not functioning properly. It crashed when previewing the screensaver in ...
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No low battery warning & random restarts

Since I upgraded to macOS Sierra on my MacBook 15" (Mid 2014), I noticed some weird behaviour: When I'm running low on power, it doesn't notify me that my battery is going to die. It just shuts down. ...
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Keep Mac from locking after sleep

A brand new Mac locks after it goes to sleep, or when the screensaver happens. How can I keep the Mac from locking?
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How do I turn off the Screen Saver?

Can't believe that I have to ask this question, but... How to I disable the screen saver on my 2014 MacBook Pro, running MacOS Sierra 10.12? I have a need occasionally to keep the screen display on, ...
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Login password not required after sleep

I have an issue where my login password isn't being required after my Mac goes to sleep. In the System Preferences > Security & Privacy pane, I have checked the "Require password ... after sleep ...
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App to use iMac as digital photo frame for photos on a network drive?

I'd like to use a spare iMac as a digital photo frame to display my personal photos. Desired features: Turn off screen when the room is dark (or, worst case, turn off based on a timer -- would the ...
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“Word of the Day” Screensaver without Words?

Using Onyx I have set the Word of the Day screensaver as my desktop. The shimmering blue water effect is wonderful but I am distracted by the words flying through the screen and the fade to black ...
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Why does my launchd script not run at login?

I have tried to follow this question so that at login, the currently configured screensaver becomes the desktop background. Therefore, I have created the following script: # login.sh /System/Library/...
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10.12- Screensaver question- Photos not a choice

I recently updated to 10.12 - Sierra- and migrated iPhoto to Photos. In the system preferences I do not see a choice to select Photo library. In the source panel I just see National Geographic/Aerial/...