Setting Your Screen Saver
In the early days of personal computers, screen savers were a necessity. The monitors used back then were monochrome monitors and if an image was left on the screen for any length of time, the image would burn itself into the screen and be there permanently. To prevent this from happening, screen savers were invented. Screen savers had one function - make constant changes to what was displayed on the screen to prevent burn-in. As time went on, screen savers became more elaborate. Some of the designs used were actually fun to watch. With the advent of VGA color monitors, it became impossible to burn an image into the screen so the need for screen savers disappeared. They are nice to look at however and a lot of people enjoy them. Be aware that they can affect applications running on your system. This may not be important to you, but you need to be aware of it anyway.
To set up a screen saver, right-click on your Desktop and select Properties. One of the tabs across the top of the window you get will be Screen Saver. Click on this tabs and select the screen saver you want. Once you have it configured, click on Apply or OK to implement your screen saver.
Windows comes with a number of different screen savers including Blank, Starfield and Marquee among others.
If you pick up a copy of Microsoft Plus!, you'll get a different screen saver to go with each of the themes you get. Some of these are pretty impressive. The Plus! pack comes with Windows 98/ME/XP.
There are several packages of screen savers that you can pick up if you want something unique.
Last Revised: 02/24/2005
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