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Chapter 7. Up Front: The New Desktop > Choosing a Screensaver

Choosing a Screensaver

Although many manufacturers and computer experts claim that screensavers aren't necessary for preventing “image burn” on modern monitors, screensavers continue to be popular and practical. A good screensaver provides an interesting display, but it also allows you to lock the machine so that when the screensaver kicks in (after a predetermined “idle” time), you need a password to turn it off and return to your work screen. That is a good feature in the office, when you may not want to log off your computer each time you need to step away for a short break. A password-protected screensaver keeps others out of your onscreen business while you are away; you save time and privacy.

Changing the Screensaver

To change the screensaver you can buy a third-party product, or you can use one that comes with Windows XP. To select a Windows XP screensaver, use the following steps:


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