Questions tagged [screensaver]

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

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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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How to use iSight webcam without activating the green light?

Recently a the Dutch government advised to put a tape on your webcam to prevent hackers from taking pictures and video using your device (news article in Dutch). The build in iSight camera in Apple ...
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How can I stop my MacBook Pro from automatically sleeping when I lock the screen?

Whenever I lock my screen (via either the lock icon -> Lock screen or by using the Control+shift+eject key combination), my screen immediately turns off (not showing the screen saver), and the system ...
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Desktop Screen saver cannot be changed

When I go into the Settings and have the option to pick a new screensaver, it will not actually save my preference. When I change the screensaver I can see it is changed in the mini-preview, but it ...
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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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gifs in slideshow or screensaver

Is there any way to show gif (animated) images in a slideshow or a screensaver? The screensaver app does not animate the gifs and the only way to view gifs is through Quick Look.
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Run an AppleScript that requires keystrokes while the screen is locked?

I've got a very simple AppleScript whose job it is to type some words into a text box. tell application "TextEdit" activate end tell delay 0.2 tell application "System Events" keystroke "Hello ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Screensaver suddenly active

I've always opted to have my display turn off after X amount of time in lieu of using a screensaver. My screensaver preferences were set to Start after: Never. That is until today. I walked into the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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How can I launch screensaver with a keyboard shortcut?

I've looked around but can't seem to find any good answers. Would appreciate any pointers.
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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/...
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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 instantly lock my computer when screen saver delay is on?

I have my security preferences set up to delay for 15 minutes after screen saver turns on and then ask for a password. (I use two computers and don't always notice right away when the screensaver ...
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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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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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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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How can I install a new dictionary on OS X for use with the “Word of the Day” screensaver?

The reason is trivial: I am a fan of the "Word of the Day" screen saver and I would like to add dictionaries for languages other than English and Japanese (these are the two that I can select now in ...
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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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How do I change askForPasswordDelay from the command line? dwrite alone doesn't work

I normally run my Mac with a very long password delay on the screensaver. Sometimes, though, I want to reduce the delay to just 1-2 seconds. This command is supposed to reduce the time for the delay ...
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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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Fans activate after screen saver on MBP

Every time after my Mac (MBP late 2013 with OS X 10.10.5) starts Screen Saver mode and then after some time turns off the screen (even if no program is running) the fan speed rises dramatically. Is it ...
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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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While Screensaver is on, login window keeps appearing. How can I prevent this?

I have a desktop with two computers. On one side I have a Windows PC, and on the other side is a Macbook running OS X Mavericks that is plugged into a Thunderbolt display. I use a wireless keyboard ...
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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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Set text for macOS floating text screensaver from command line

I've tried a variety of different ways to change the message for the "message" screen saver on macOS 10.10.3. When I change it through the GUI, at least the following plist file is updated: ~/...
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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 ...