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Chapter 6. Windows Tips, Tricks, and Traps > Giving Windows a Makeover - Pg. 59

Windows Tips, Tricks, and Traps 59 To turn on a screen saver, right-click a blank area of the Windows desktop, and click Properties. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Screen Saver tab, as shown in Figure 6.4. Open the Screen Saver drop-down list and click the desired screen saver. Figure 6.4. Turn on a screen saver. Click the arrows to the right of the Wait ___ minutes spin box to specify how long your system must remain inactive (no typing, no mouse movement) before the screen saver kicks in. (You also can assign a password to the screen saver to prevent unauthorized access to your computer when you are away from your desk.) Click OK. When your computer remains inactive for the specified period of time, the screen saver kicks in. To turn off the screen saver, simply move your mouse or press the Shift key. (You can press any key on your keyboard to snap Windows out of screen saver mode, but pressing the Shift key is safest; Shift won't enter any inadvertent characters into your open documents.) Changing the Appearance of Windows Computers are personal, and people enjoy customizing their displays by turning on background graphics, changing the screen colors, and changing other display properties to give their screens a unique look. To change the appearance of your Windows desktop, right-click a blank area of the desktop and click Properties. The Display Properties dialog box pops up on your screen. Now ex- periment with the following options (depending on the version of Windows you're running, your options might differ slightly): · Click the Background tab and select an item from the Pattern or Wallpaper list to change the look of the Windows desktop. · Click the Appearance tab and try selecting different color schemes from the Scheme drop-down list.