How to Turn on Screen Saver in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to enable or disable screen savers when using Windows 11. Windows comes with screen savers disabled by default since they are not technically needed with modern displays.

Back in the days when majority of the display screens were cathode ray tube (CRT) displays, screen savers where used to avoid screen burn-in. Displays today are built differently and don’t require it anymore, but you can still use screen savers if it’s something that you want.

Because the use of screen savers are technically not needed, Microsoft hasn’t added new screen savers since Windows 7. All the screen savers in Windows 11 are legacy of the past. But it doesn’t make them bad, just that there are better ways to make your screen display fun things.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Although Windows 11 has many new and unique features, screen savers is nothing new.

When you want to enable screen savers in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to enable screen savers in Windows 11

Again, as mentioned above, screen savers are disabled by default because they’re not technically needed in modern PC to help avoid screen burn-ins. With that said, it’s still available if you want to use them.

If you want to enable screen savers, use these steps:

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, select Lock screen on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Lock screen settings, select Screen saver at the bottom highlighted below.

On the Screen saver settings pane, select the screen saver from the drop-down list you want to use.

Next, set the number of inactive minutes Windows waits before displaying the screen saver. The default value is set to 1 minute. You can use the up or down arrow to choose between 1 and 9999.

You should also check the box to enable On resume, display logon screen option to lock your account. With this option, Windows displays the lock screen when you move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard and stops the screen saver.

You can click the Preview button to preview the screen saver before applying it and pressing the ESC key to exit out of it.

When you’re done, click OK to save your changes. Then exit the Settings windows.

How to disable screen saver in Windows 11

If you change your mind about using Screen savers, you can simply disable the use of it by reversing the steps above and going to the Start menu ==> Settings ==> Personalization ==> Lock screen ==> Screen saver and selecting None for screen saver.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable screen saver in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.