Questions tagged [screensaver]

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

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OSX Screensaver photo repeat problem

I have an iMac running OSX 10.8.4 and I have a large collection of photos (10,000+) that I want displayed during the screensaver. I would like to see a uniform distribution of all photos. However, I ...
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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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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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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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Can I have a screensaver use all monitors as one?

I can have screensavers show on all my monitors, but I would like one that would use all screens as if they were one big monitor (so the animation would flow from one to the other). e.g. something ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Open picture currently displayed in Screen Saver?

TL;DR In iTunes, you can press Command-L (Controls/Go to Current Song) to see what is playing. Is there a similar function to Go To Current Photo (in iPhoto) when I see a picture in the screen saver? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Remove assertion from pmset

The Viber app preventing my Mac from display sleep. pmset -g ...
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System very slow while and after login

I'm using OS X 10.8.4 on a Mac Mini with 2.3 GHz Core i5 and 8 GB RAM. For security reason I have to lock my computer to screensaver while I leave my seat for a while. I set it up so that password ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why didn't my Macbook sleep (USB Keyboard/Mouse was connected, lid open)

First off, let's begin with some research that I did before asking this question. Now, in my situation, I was using my Macbook Pro (Mountain Lion) with an Apple USB keyboard connected to the computer....
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How to make the display go to sleep mode when Lion's Terminal.app is in full-screen mode?

I've noticed that when I'm running a full-screen Terminal.app in Lion, the display does not go to sleep. This left me with a nasty case of burn-in over the weekend with a magenta message box from an ...
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iMac screen won't turn back on after a sleep session in Windows 8.1

I do a lot of hardware programming, and some of the chips I write applications for don't have IDEs and/or compilers that are compatible with anything other than windows, so I do use Windows quite ...