Questions tagged [screensaver]

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

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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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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 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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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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Do I have to have System Preferences open to use keyboard shortcut I created?

I created a keyboard shortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services to trigger the screen saver, and it works only when I have System Preferences open. Is this normal? I'm on Mojave.
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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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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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Programmatically Change Screen Saver “Start after” time

I would like to change the time before my screen saver starts based on WiFi network. I am running Yosemite (10.10.1). I will use Keyboard Maestro to trigger the action. I need to find the correct ...
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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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change speed of photos screensaver?

Is there any way to change the speed of the photo transitions in the Apple photos screensaver? Right now they are changing too fast. I would also like to show the exif information. Failing that, I'd ...
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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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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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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 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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Ethernet connection turns off when my Mac idles

I often leave my Mac for some time to do assorted tasks. When I return and log into the screensaver, I can't visit my homepage, Google, because the Ethernet connection has disconnected, requiring a ...
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How to change the the screensaver using terminal (without using Preference Panel)?

I would like to change the screensaver "Flurry" by the Ken Burns without using the Preference panel, directly using terminal or command.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...