How to configure screensaver timeout in Windows 10

screensaver settings

The Screensaver is a very good feature that allows the users of a computer to be able to display images or wallpaper automatically when the system is at rest or idle. Some organizations make use of the screensaver to disseminate information to staff or for some form of adverts. But sometimes the screensaver of your computer can get turned on earlier or a bit late, in this guide I will be showing you how to change the timeout settings of the screensaver of your Windows 10 computer. Note that the screensaver in Windows 10 is turned off by default and you will need a simple configuration to turn it on which I will be demonstrating in this video through the Personalization settings and Registry Editor. if you need guides on Windows screensaver you can read these: How to prevent Windows Users from changing the Screen Saver via the Registry Settings, how to set Desktop Wallpaper, Prevent access to Registry Editing tools, enable Screen Saver Timeout, and Password Protect the Screensaver via Group Policy.

Follow the steps below to configure your screensaver timeout. See how to perform this task via group policy: How to enable or disable Screen Saver in Windows 10 or Windows 11 via Windows Settings or Group Policy.

1: Configuring Screensaver timeout through Personalization settings

In the Start menu type “screensaver” or locate the Appearance and Personalization. Click on any of the options to open the screen saver settings.

Windows 10 screensaver
Appearance and Personalization

On the screen saver settings, you can change the screen saver type, preview, Settings, and waiting time, and you can decide to display the lock screen on your resume.

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Screen Saver Settings

Now go to the wait section and change the time there to the time you want the screen to wait before changing to the screensaver. After this is completed you can click the OK button.

2. Configuring Screensaver timeout through Registry Editor

Another method you can use to change the Screensaver timeout settings is by using the Registry Editor. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit.exe in the search box or command prompt.
  • Navigate to: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
  • Right-click Windows and select New>Key.
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Registry Editor

Name the key as “Control Panel” right-click it and click New > Key and then name it as “Desktop”.

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Registry Editor

Click on the Desktop key and right-click on the empty space in the right pane and select New > String Value and then type “ScreenSaveTimeOut” in the box and hit Enter to save it.

Registry Editor

Right-click the ScreenSaveTimeOut string value to access the option to Modify. Follow these steps on how to configure screensaver timeout in Windows 10: Set the desired data value and click OK. After completing these steps, verify if the Screensaver activates as intended.

Registry Editor

I hope you found this blog post on how to configure screensaver timeout in Windows 10 interesting and helpful. In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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