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Screen Saver Timeout Setting in Windows 8/8.1

When you set screen saver, you are suggested to specify how much time to elapse before the screen saver is launched on your PC. For example, you can make the screen saver show up after you left the computer for 2 minutes. And if you are wondering how to make it, this article will tell you the two ways to finish the screen saver timeout setting in Windows 8.

Video guide on how to set screen saver timeout in Windows 8:

2 methods to set screen saver timeout in Windows 8/8.1:

Method 1: Set it in the "Screen Saver Settings" window.

Step 1: Open the Screen Saver Settings.

Get to the Search bar by use of Windows+F hotkeys, enter screen saver in the blank box, select Settings and tap Chang screen saver in the search results.

Step 2: Set the number of minutes.

In the pop-up Screen Saver Settings window, specify or manually input the number of minutes. Meanwhile, please note that it can be set from 1 minute to 9999 minutes. After that, click OK.

Method 2: Set screen saver timeout in the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 1: Open the editor.

Suppose you have no idea about how to open it, you can find different methods in 4 Ways to Open Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 8/8.1.

Step 2: Locate the setting called "Screen saver timeout".

You can find it by following User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Personalization/Screen saver timeout.

Step 3: Go to enable the setting and set the timeout.

Sub-step 1: Right-click Screen saver timeout and select Edit.

Sub-step 2: In the window of Screen saver timeout, choose Enabled, set the number of seconds and tap OK.

Tips: The number can be set from 1 second to 86,400 seconds. Additionally, if it is set as 0, the screen saver will not turn up, which means the setting has no effect.

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