Questions tagged [screensaver]

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

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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/...
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10.12 Sierra unlock screensaver by admin via security authorizationdb

I admin a bunch of Macs, and depend on unlocking user's screen saver as admin. I've always done this editing /etc/pam.d/screensaver This no longer works. I need to do it via security authorizationdb....
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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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Custom Screensaver?

In OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6 I am trying to set my custom Screensaver, i.e. my own picture and not the predefined ones, just like as one would do for the Desktop background. Is this possible?
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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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Can sleep password and screensaver password timeout settings be different?

In El Capitan, is there a way to separate the request for password when the computer wakes from sleep from the request for password for stopping the screensaver? See System Preferences --> Security &...
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“Allow Deletion of Running Applications” Option

I needed to delete/uninstall an application that was running. It was screen saver app that ran over the regular screen saver, and I hated it. I downloaded it from the App Store, and do not suspect ...
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Disable screen saver on secondary monitor

Is there a way to disable the screensaver from showing on my secondary display? I only want it on my primary display. Running 10.11.1 El Capitan
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How to Import photo from screensaver Mac

I have transferred a photo from camera to the Mac and it is stored in screen saver. I couldn't find any photo in iPhoto or in the library. If you can please help me how to import photos from screen ...
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Why does Apple TV always show National Geographic screen saver?

My 3rd generation Apple TV has a small but annoying problem where it defaults to the National Geographic screen saver, regardless of what is set on the Screen Saver page. I've chosen > Photos > ...
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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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Screen saver on remote desktop

My osx box is connected to my TV via HDMI. I use "Share Screen" to login to the box and play a netflix video. I must have installed an update or something because suddenly, when I close the "Share ...
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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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How to disable screensaver for newly created user?

I am fairly new to OS X, I am trying to disable the screensaver of a user that I recently created with the following commands on the terminal of an account that I'm currently logged in as: sudo ...
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Where are the screensaver configuration files (.saver) for the screensavers that are offered in “Desktop & Screen Saver” in Settings on El Capitan?

I've already looked in 2 places. I looked in my user folder: /Users/MYUSERNAME/Library/Screen Savers - which was empty. (where MYUSERNAME is my user name) I also looked in /Library/Screen Savers/...
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Why doesn't crontab run if screensaver is on?

I want to run a Crontab on OS X 10.11.1 (El Capitan). I'm running the command: env EDITOR=nano crontab -e to enter the crontab with nano as the editor. Then I create my cronjob that looks like ...
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My Mac Mini won't go to sleep

For some reason my mac mini refuses to start the screensaver or go to sleep unless I put the mouse into a hot corner. Energy saver is set to 3 mins as is system sleep. Any ideas would be greatly ...
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How can I diagnose the root cause of a slow screensaver unlock on Yosemite?

Several people in our organization are seeing a pronounced pause after entering their password on the login screen after the screen saver / lock has kicked on. It happens regardless of whether the ...
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Is it possible to disable or remove the iTunes Artwork screensaver?

The iTunes Artwork screensaver is, IMO, an abomination. I like using a random screensaver but I do not want to see that one, ever. Apple, in their infinite wisdom, or lack thereof, seems to have ...
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Automatic lock screen does not work in EL Capitan

I have my preferences set so the screen locks 1 minute after sleep or after the screensaver goes up. This used to work until I upgraded to El Cap. Now no matter how long after the screensaver has ...
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Macbook pro external display (while in clamshell mode) won't sleep all of a sudden

before, when I left my macbook pro alone for 15 minutes in clamshell mode the external display would go to sleep instead of putting on a screen saver. Now all of a sudden it goes into screen saver and ...
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“Start Screensaver” hotcorner no longer works under El Capitan beta

After upgrading to one of the beta El Capitan builds, I can no longer use the "start screensaver" hotcorner. Other hotcorners still work, so it's not an issue with an application grabbing mouse input ...
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Yosemite - Screen saver options - no default showing

After updating to Yosemite I have no screen saver default showings at all. How can I add photos? When I click screen saver options the only thing that shows up to choose is thickness color and speed. ...
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Screensaver doesn't come back after display turns off

I have setup WebViewScreensaver to show a dashboard, and the password is required afterwards. This works well, except that when the display turns off after a few minutes, I turn it back on and cancel ...
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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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screen lock using a script

Is it possible to lock the screen in OS Yosemite using code? And then put in a scheduler to run every two minutes? If so what script language are we talking, task scheduler program etc
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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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My Screen Saver is awry & need help

I have an iMac 21.5" 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 Macintosh HD - Yosemite. My Screen Saver comes up with foreign words and gobbledygook that I don't understand. Went into Finder/library/Screen Savers (this ...
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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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UNIX Script to Change Desktop & Screensaver in 10.8

I'm setting up LaunchAgent .plists that start up UNIX bash scripts to automatically change the desktop and screensaver for various different users for a Mac image that will be deployed to multiple Mac ...
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Can I customize the OSX screen saver to show the Day of the Week?

I would like to have a screen saver display (hopefully) a large text of today's day ... the message option on the screen saver seems to only allow fixed text with no meta tag support.
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Automated screensaver configuration in command line/shell script

So I'm configuring some Default User Template LaunchAgents to configure a default screensaver for some of my company's most popular fan art. (It's actually been really well received by the team). They'...
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Screen saver no longer asks for a password

I'm using a MacBook Air 13" mid 2012 with Yosemite 10.10.3, it rebooted itself this morning without a reason and since then the screen saver is no longer asking for a password on unlock. This is a ...
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Reset screen saver settings on timer or on load

My company changes my screensaver settings to some default they want. I want to keep my settings, so I would like to change the settings either on a timer or on login back to the settings I have ...
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Remove assertion from pmset

The Viber app preventing my Mac from display sleep. pmset -g ...
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How do I get rid of this power assertion from a dead process?

I have the screensaver on my MacBook set to kick in after two minutes of inactivity and require a password immediately after it does. Normally, this works fine, but in the last week or so, the ...
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How can one get last wakeup from screen saver time on Mac OS

One can use pmset -g log to get to the info about Wake and Start events of Mac OS. But pmset doesn't seem to make any special assertions to the log when system goes into screen saver mode, and what ...
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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 do I make an applescript launch as soon as it exits screen saver

I would like my mac to to say 'Login Authorized' as soon as I exit screen saver mode. Where should I place the script? Thank you in advance!
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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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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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screensaver causes error “share does not exist on the server” to endless loop

I've been trying to learn to automate my home Mac environment with Applescript. I've had some success, but am running into seemingly inconsistent and troublesome errors. In order to diagnose the ...
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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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Screensaver settings spontaneously revert

I have my screen saver set to display images from a folder in my ~/Pictures directory, and the "Shuffle slide order" box is checked. In Yosemite, I find that occasionally one or both of those settings ...