Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks

Dec 25 2010   3:43PM GMT

Enabling/Disabling Windows Screensavers with a shortcut

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

Sometimes we want to be able to quickly enable or disable the Windows screen saver. I am using XP as an example for the below article. To create shortcuts to modify your registry and quickly enable or disable the screen saver simply follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Notepad or your favorite text editor and type the following four lines. (Note: The second line must be blank. It is blank on purpose and is required for this to work)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
“ScreenSaveActive”=”0″

  • Save the file to your desktop with the name Disable Screen Saver.reg.
  • Change the 0 to a 1 in the fourth line.
  • Save the file to your desktop with the name Enable Screen Saver.reg.
  • Now, when you need to disable the screen saver, just double-click the Disable Screen Saver.reg shortcut. To enable the screen saver, simply double-click the Enable Screen Saver.reg shortcut.

    Keep in mind that when you run either of these files, the Registry Editor will display two confirmation prompts–one before making the change and one after making the change.

    [Via TechRepulic]

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