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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 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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Apple Screensaver for laptop and Apple TV

My old screensaver used to use my entire library of photos from my iPhoto file. Now however it just randomly selects 98 photos and will just repeat them. Both the apple TV and my laptop will have the ...
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Screen Saver Late in Appearing

iMac, 10.14.3 I have the screen saver set for a certain time and it never goes on when it should. I've chosen several different times and none of them set the screen saver to go on. Just now I had it ...
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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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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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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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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?