How to Set My Mac to Show a Screensaver (Example)

Want configure your Mac to display a screensaver? Well, this is one of the many configurations that we can make, and even change the resolution of the screen of your Mac. Well, here we explain how to show a screensaver, and at the end we will tell you about an application that will surely interest you.

How to set your Mac to display a screensaver

Select the type of screensaver

The computers of the Manzanita company allow you to configure a screensaver, either manually or automatically after a period of inactivity. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Apple menu, then select the “System Preferences” option and then click on “Desktop and Screensaver.”
  2. Select the “Screensaver” box located at the top of the interface. You can select the image you want They are shown as your screensaver in the side menu that appears.
  3. Select a screensaver by clicking on it, and then click on “Preview” to see a full screen sample of it.

If you want your screensaver to show several images and not just one, select the box in the lower left. Then select one of the display methods; you can choose between «Floating», «Origami», «Reflections» or «Mosaics».

programmed screen saver

On the other hand, if you want to display images from your computer, select the “Source” option and search for your photos. You can also display multiple slides of these images.

Set the wait time

Now is the time to tell your Mac when do you want the screensaver to start showing that you have configured. To do this you can use the “Start after” menu to set the waiting time, this can be from 5 minutes to several hours. If you don’t want it to be displayed, just select the “Never” option.

On the other hand, you can set the screensaver to display manually, that is, when you place the mouse pointer in one of the corners. To do this, click on the “Active Corners” option, located at the bottom right of the interface, and choose the function you want to run.

Require a password after the screensaver starts

If you want to add a little more security, you can configure your Mac by putting a strong password after the screensaver has started that you have configured. To do this, open the Apple menu and select “System Preferences,” then click on “Security and Privacy.”

Then select the “General” option and enable the option that says “Request password after screensaver starts.” That way, every time the device goes to sleep and starts to show the screensaver, you will have to enter the password to use it again.

Turn off the screen after a certain time

Although a screensaver looks nice, you should know that the same continues to consume battery. If you use a MacBook and want to save battery power, in addition to configuring the screensaver, you can set a time after which the screen will turn off and the Mac will go to sleep. That is, after a certain time, it will first show the screensaver and after a while, it will go into sleep.

To configure this option just do the following: 1) go to the Apple menu, 2) go to “System Preferences” and then to 3) “Energy Saver”. Within this interface you can set the waiting time after which the screen will turn off. However, if you want the screensaver to show, be sure to select a timeout higher than the screensaver.

The best screensavers for Mac

Although you can set an image as a screensaver on your Mac, there are other much more interesting options. Next, we will tell you about an application that allows you to get the most out of this function.


Fliqlo is a simple but very useful application that allows you to make your Mac screensaver a digital clock. In this way, when the time you have set passes, the application will show a fully functional digital clock that will indicate the time, which you can observe from a distance.

programmed screen saver

You just have to download the application from its website and follow the steps indicated to install it. You can see the incredible results in the image above.

We hope that the information you have just read will be very useful for you. And we do not want to leave without telling you that you can hide and show the toolbar on your Mac if you wish, this is one of the many configurations that you can do on your PC.

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