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    Screen Saver Shortcut - Create in Windows

    Screen Saver Shortcut - Create in Windows
    How to Create a Screen Saver Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
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    20 Jan 2013
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    How to Create a Screen Saver Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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    This tutorial will show you how to create a screen saver shortcut that can be pinned or used anywhere to let you manually run a screen saver when you like in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.




    Here's How:

    1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2. Type the command below for the screen saver you want into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot and table below)
    NOTE: Substitute full path to screen saver .scr file in the command below with the actual full path to the .scr file within quotes.

    %windir%\explorer "full path to screen saver .scr file"



    For Example:
    If I wanted to have a 3D Text screen saver shortcut then I would type this below exactly for the location.

    %windir%\explorer "C:\Windows\System32\ssText3d.scr"


    Default Screen Savers Location
    3D Text C:\Windows\System32\ssText3d.scr
    Blank C:\Windows\System32\scrnsave.scr
    Bubbles C:\Windows\System32\Bubbles.scr
    Mystify C:\Windows\System32\Mystify.scr
    Photos C:\Windows\System32\PhotoScreensaver.scr
    Ribbons C:\Windows\System32\Ribbons.scr


    Name:  Shortcut-1.jpg
Views: 27246
Size:  50.9 KB

    3. Type Screen Saver for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.

    Name:  Shortcut-2.jpg
Views: 27083
Size:  38.8 KB

    4. Right click or press and hold on the new Screen Saver shortcut on your desktop, and click/tap on Properties.

    5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

    Name:  Shortcut-3.jpg
Views: 27283
Size:  52.9 KB


    6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    %windir%\System32\PhotoScreensaver.scr



    Name:  Shortcut-4.jpg
Views: 26960
Size:  26.2 KB

    7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
    NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

    8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

    9. In Vista or Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7) or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    10. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    11. If available, you can also set the screen saver settings (step 4 in Option Two at this link) for this screen saver to what you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Kolkata, India
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    Very Nice Tutorial , Shawn.....

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you.
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    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 127
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    You Are Welcome
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    Nice! now I can make my PC show the screensaver without waiting the time-out!
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    W7 home 64bit

    PROBLEM


    C:\Windows\System32\scrnsave.scr
    and others .scr are "AutoCad Script" type and I can open it only in notepad (no opinion to run or open it in another program)

    BTW Why deafult "Start of the Week:" is Sunday?
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    Hello SVK Peto, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed .scr option in the table of the tutorial below may help. It will restore the default associations for .scr (screen saver) files.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8


    Q2) I suppose because Sunday is the first day of the 7 day week, thus the start of the week??


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    W7 home 64bit

    probem solved


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello SVK Peto, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed .scr option in the table of the tutorial below may help. It will restore the default associations for .scr (screen saver) files.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8


    Q2) I suppose because Sunday is the first day of the 7 day week, thus the start of the week??


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Link is for W8, but I found same for W7 thx.

    I didnt know other countries have it different. Where are you going to church then? In saturday or in sunday?
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    Oops, sorry about that. The .scr file is the same in W7 and W8.

    Church is on Sunday here.
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