How to Find and Set Screen Savers on Windows 10

For whatever reason, Windows 10 has made finding screen saver settings unnecessarily complicated. Fret not, though. We’re here to help.

  1. Press Windows+I to open the Settings app.
  2. Click “Personlization.”
  3. Switch to the “Lock Screen” tab.
  4. Click the “Screen saver settings” link.

Though not strictly necessary on modern LCD displays, screen savers still can be fun. For many of us, they provide something nice to look at—or provide useful information—when our computers go idle after a few minutes. In Windows 10’s continued—and messy—push to move settings from the Control Panel to the new Settings app, the screen saver settings have been relegated to an unexpected slot within the Personalization settings. Worse still, you can’t even get to the setting by searching the Start menu. Here’s how to find it.

In previous versions of Windows, you could set screen savers via the Personalization control panel.

You could also perform a quick search for “screen saver” on the Start menu and find the settings that way.

In Windows 10, neither of those methods work. Instead, press Windows+I to open the Settings app, and then click “Personalization.”

On the “Personalization” page, switch to the “Lock screen” tab.

And then click the “Screen saver settings” link.

In the end, you’ll come to the “Screen Saver Settings” dialog box, which should look pretty familiar to you. Nothing about it has changed in the last several versions of Windows.

Choose a screen saver from the dropdown, adjust any options via the “Settings” button, set how long Windows should wait before engaging the screen saver, and decide whether it should display the logon screen—and ask for a password—when resuming.


Like we said, screen savers are mostly for fun these days, but hiding the setting is still pretty irritating. Do you still use screen savers on Windows? Have a question or comment you would like to contribute? Please leave your feedback in our discussion forum.

Matt Klein is an aspiring Florida beach bum, displaced honorary Texan, and dyed-in-wool Ohio State Buckeye, who fancies himself a nerd-of-all-trades. His favorite topics might include operating systems, BBQ, roller skating, and trying to figure out how to explain quantum computers.