Setting up a Screen Saver on MAC


Did you know why Screen Savers were created in the first place? Well, as the name suggests, they were created to save the Screens, like Literally. Back in the days the screens or monitors were CRTs – Cathode Ray Tube [Nerd Alert]! The Cathode Ray Tube is a vacuum tube that contains one or more electron guns and a phosphorescent screen, and is used to display images. It modulates, accelerates, and deflects electron beam onto the screen to create the images.

So to protect the screens from literally burning out phospor in the CRTs, Screen Savers were introduced. A screensaver is a computer program that blanks the screen or fills it with moving images or patterns when the computer has been idle for a long time.

Alright, enough of this Gyaan, Now let’s see how to actually set one on your MAC.

Setting up a Screensaver

Click on the Apple[] icon up top> System Preferences

Click on the Desktop & Screen Saver

Click on the Screen Saver Tab on top.

On this screen you’ll find some pre-installed screen Savers in the left pane.

Choose your poison wisely.

You can also set the time after which the Screen Saver should start in the system is left idle.

You can choose to show a Digital Clock along with the Screen Saver of your choice.

And that’s it. From this point on, whenever your MAC is left idle for the Specified time your favorite Screensaver will appear and help you protect your screen!


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