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Windows 7: Screen Saver start - hotkey or mouse


10 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Screen Saver start - hotkey or mouse

Is there a way to start a screen saver with a hot-key or a mouse gesture (or perhaps by putting the mouse into a certain corner for a certain amount of seconds)?

I would like the ability to start the screen saver on command without going to the display option and clicking the preview button. For example, when surfing the web or watching a video, I would like to push alt-s or something similar, or perhaps move the mouse to a corner, and the screen saver starts automatically, right away, then acts normally as if it started by itself (meaning, it is "on" until I move the mouse or push a key).

Any way to do this?

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10 Oct 2009   #2

Win7 RTM, XP Pro, Arch Linux, Puppy (Quad boot)
 
 

You could create a shortcut to toggle the screensaver on and off and assign a key combo to activate that shortcut via "shortcut properties > shortcut > shortcut key". Something like this maybe?
Windows Tips: Toggle Your Screen Saver With a Single Click - PC World
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10 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hmm, that is interesting but its not what I'm looking for. That article explains how to toggle the screen saver OFF and ON with two shortcuts. This is actually usable, but its not what I need.

I need a shortcut, hotkey, or mouse gesture that will actually start the screensaver, instead of waiting the assigned number of minutes (either/or).
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10 Oct 2009   #4

 

Same thing - create a shortcut to C:\Windows\System32\SCREENSAVERFILE.scr

Assign hotkey

go.
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10 Oct 2009   #5

Win7 RTM, XP Pro, Arch Linux, Puppy (Quad boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by salvinorum View Post
I need a shortcut, hotkey, or mouse gesture that will actually start the screensaver, instead of waiting the assigned number of minutes (either/or).
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gforce23 View Post
You could create a shortcut to toggle the screensaver on and off and assign a key combo to activate that shortcut via "shortcut properties > shortcut > shortcut key".
Well...
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11 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote:
Same thing - create a shortcut to C:\Windows\System32\SCREENSAVERFILE.scr

Assign hotkey

go.
Oh yeah, of course, how simple, why in the world didn't I think of that, duh!

Thanx for the reminder! So simple.

Oh, one more thing. Should I use the .scr files in syswow64 directory or the system32 directory?
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11 Oct 2009   #7

 

System32
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14 Dec 2010   #8
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Resurrecting b/c of a easier way...

...download below zip, unzip and move shortcuts to desktop.

Attachment 123445

Whats cool is you can choose any of the 4 ms default screensavers and it Won't change your default in themes!

Don't want to wait for SS to start,

...Just click and the screensaver shortcut will start and run for the pre-determined time.

Should be good for ALL Flavors of Windows 7 & 32/64bit.

Attachment 123446
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23 Jan 2011   #9

Windows7 64bit
 
 
Screensaver Shortcut

I have Windows7 64bit OS. The screensaver executable on my system is C:\Windows\System32\scrnsave.scr and not C:\Windows\System32\SCREENSAVERFILE.scr . Others might be in a similar boat. Just an FYI.
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23 Jan 2011   #10

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