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 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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Transparent locked screen

On my iMac, I keep a lot of supervision windows (displaying alarms and trends). These windows lead to priviledged access to very sensitive equipments. I would like to protect this iMac from any ...
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How can I set the Mac OS X screensaver when not logged in?

When logged in to my user account, the screensaver selected in System Preferences is used. However, when on the login screen before logging in or using fast user switching a different screensaver is ...
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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 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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Is it possible to show a screensaver on a secondary monitor while using the primary monitor?

I have an iMac with a large format display set up as a secondary monitor that we use as a television for watching movies. When I am just using the iMac, I would like for the secondary display to ...
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OS X Mavericks screensaver changes pictures too quickly: How do I slow it down?

My screensaver pictures have quotes and sayings and the three or so seconds of transition between pictures that is built into the OS X Mavericks is far too short a duration to read the quotes and ...
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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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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 can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?

How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?
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Screen saver settings keep defaulting back to National Geographic Photos

I like to use my photo library for a screen saver (have 10,000 photos - it's nice to get to see them more often), but ever since I've downloaded Yosemite, every time the computer goes to sleep, it ...
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How can I prevent Mac terminal ssh from disconnecting when the screen is automatically turned off?

I frequently use ssh on my MacBook to connect to other servers and run long-running commands there. When I do this, I leave the lid open to let it run, but then if I don't go to make coffee or ...
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Is there a way for locking the screen and putting it to sleep/activating the screen saver to be two different events on a MBP?

This question is very similar to what I want to accomplish, except for the fact that I also want to be able to put the display to sleep at times without triggering it to ask me for a password. I ...
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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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Activating screen saver from AppleScript in Mountain Lion

I had a script that I used to use to activate my screen saver, and it no longer works in Mountain Lion. It was a shell script that called an AppleScript script: #!/bin/bash osascript /Users/lorin/...
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How can I show the login window after a period of inactivity?

How can I make my Mac display the login screen (as though I'd selected "Login window" from the fast user switching menu) after the session has been idle for a certain time? I can make it log out ...
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Can I lock my screen with a keyboard shortcut? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a quick way to lock my Mac? I'm running OS X 10.7.3 Currently I've found what looks like 2 possible solutions: Hot corner(s) setup in the "Desktop & Screen ...
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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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Why when I wake my new iMac from Sleep, I have to scrape away a layer of screensaver or Lion linen to log in?

I have a strange problem. I am very good with Macs and all Apple products, but this one has me stumped. I have a new (4 months old) 27" iMac (2.7 GHz Intel Core i5) with Lion 10.7.2 and it works ...
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Screensaver after morning wake

I would like the screen saver (which shows family photos) to launch each morning when the computer wakes in the morning. I used the Energy Saver option to sleep the computer each night and to wake it ...
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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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How do I run a screen saver as my desktop background?

I would like to run a screen saver as my desktop background. How can I do this?
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Screensaver does not offer option to use any photos

On iMac with Yosemite, my screensaver has lost the option to use photos. Where there should be an option to select a photos folder there is only a bar "Screen Saver Options" i.e. color, speed etc of ...
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How do I enable the interactive iPhoto screen saver in OSX Lion?

The Lion features page says: Interact with photos in screen saver. New onscreen controls let you pause your iPhoto screen saver and manually flip through the photos in an album without leaving the ...