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Chapter 12. Adding Screensavers to Your Skins > What are Screensavers Really?

What are Screensavers Really?

Screensavers are program files that are saved with a .scr extension. When the computer is idle for a specified period of time, meaning no keyboard or mouse input, the screensaver is activated.

Screensavers were originally developed to protect computer screens (think about those old amber and gray monitors) from having a static image burned into the screen during long periods of inactivity. Because burn-in isn’t an issue with today’s monitors, screensavers are really just another way to personalize or add interest to your desktop. Screensavers are really like vanity license plates: We don’t see them, but others do and it’s really these other folks who get to try to figure out what we were thinking when we chose a particular screensaver (much like a vanity license plate).


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