How to create a Screensaver Keyboard Shortcut for Windows

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This is an instructable detailing how to create a keyboard shortcut so that you can quickly switch to screensaver at any time.
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Step 1: Creating the Shortcut on the Desktop

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Go to the folder C:\Windows\System32 and sort by filetype. Look for the screensaver file type (.scr). Find the file scrnsave.scr (you can choose any of the screensavers, this is the black screen one).

Right click and select send to>desktop (create shortcut).

Step 2: Assigning the Keyboard Shortcut

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Right click on the shortcut on the desktop and select properties. Select the shortcut tab and there should be a field named "shortcut key". I chose to use the shortcut "CTRL + ALT + S" but any that isn't already used by windows should be fine.

Step 3: Making the Shortcut Invisible

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Now we have a functioning screensaver keyboard shortcut, test it out. However it looks ugly on the desktop, you might be fine with that, but I wasn't so here's how you make it "invisible" (the cheat way).

Right click anywhere on the desktop and select the "view" menu. Un-check the option "Align to Grid" (if it's un-checked, leave it). Drag the icon to any of the edges of your screen until you can't see any of the text/image. Mine's in the top right so I won't accidentally click it.

You're done! Use it wisely, it can be a powerful tool!
kidmosey4 years ago
If you want to get the current screensaver, put the following into a batch file, then create your shortcut.

@echo off
for /f "tokens=3" %%a in ('reg query "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop" /v SCRNSAVE.EXE') do set scrnsave.exe=%%a
start %scrnsave.exe% /s

It should work, anyhow. That is what I do.
VVBoredGuy (author)  kidmosey4 years ago
that's cool, i only know basic batch so didn't try coding something for this use
akurosaki22 years ago
i agree, i'm not very much help in batch as i only know very little, though can somebody please help? i will try my best to find out how for now
Thanks a lot, it is working.

Now, I like to install a password which must be entered in order to undo the screen saver, for I have noticed that pressing any key will undo the screen saver; and my idea is to prevent anyone approaching me from seeing what's on my monitor screen by pressing any key or clicking with the mouse.

rimar20004 years ago
This is very interesting, thanks for sharing it.