How to Customize Windows 11’s Default Screensavers

Screensavers are no longer necessary since most modern displays are no longer susceptible to screen burn-in. Nevertheless, screensavers are still lovely decorations on your computer monitor when idle; that’s why Windows 11 still has this feature, with five default options.

But how do you customize these default screensavers? Check out the steps below and get yourself a screensaver that reflects your personality and character.


How to Customize Windows 11 3D Text and Photos Screensavers with Screen Saver Settings

The Screen Saver Settings window is where you can set your screensaver. It also has a Settings button that’ll let you customize them. However, 3D Text and Photos are the only default screensavers for which Windows 11 has some built-in settings.

So, here’s how to open Screen Saver Settings to customize and set the 3D Text or Photos screensaver.

  1. Right-click the taskbar button for the Start menu to select Search.
  2. Enter the keyword screensaver inside the Type here to search box.
  3. Click Change screen saver to access that window.
  4. Then click the Screen saver drop-down menu.
  5. Select the 3D Text or Photos screensaver on the menu.
    The Screen Saver Settings window

  6. After selecting one of those two screensavers, you can customize it by pressing the Settings button.
  7. Click Apply to set your chosen screensaver.

Clicking Settings for 3D Text will bring up a 3D Text Settings window. There you can change the screensaver’s text by clicking the Custom Text radio button and inputting different text in the box. Or you can choose Time to show a 3D digital clock instead. Press the Font button to select a different font and style.

The 3D Text Settings window

Below are some motion settings you can alter to change how the 3D text rotates. Click the Rotation Type drop-down menu to choose a different rotation style setting. Drag the Rotation Bar slider’s left and right to change how quickly the text rotates.

Plus, you can change the text’s surface and color style. Click Sold Color > Custom Color > Choose Color to bring up a palette. Then select a different text color on the palette and select OK.

To change the texture of the text, you’ll first need to download a BMP texture file from a suitable source (or convert a JPEG file to Bitmap image format). Websites like Unsplash, Pixabay, and Freepik have a multitude of texture backgrounds you can download. Click the Texture > Custom Texture settings in the 3D Text window. Press the Choose Texture button to select your downloaded BMP file.

The 3D text screensaver

If you choose the Photos screensaver, clicking its Settings button will open a window from which you can change the slideshow’s folder and speed. Press the Browse button on that window to select a different image folder. Choose a Fast, Medium, or Slow option on the Slideshow speed drop-down. Then click Save to apply the settings.

The Photos screen saver settings

Wait time and On resume are the only options you can change for the Photos and 3D Text screensavers outside the settings windows. Adjust the Wait time value to set a longer or shorter idle activation time for the screensaver. If you prefer to return to a log-in screen after resuming, select the On resume option.

How to Customize Bubbles, Mystify, and Ribbons with Winaero ScreenSavers Tweaker

Clicking the Settings buttons for the Bubbles, Mystify, and Ribbons screensavers in Windows 11 won’t open any options for them. To customize those screensavers, download and launch the freeware Winaero Screensaver Tweaker software. That portable app lets you tweak hidden options for Bubbles, Mystify, and Ribbons in Windows platforms dating back to Vista. This is how you can download and launch Winaero Screensaver Tweaker:

  1. Open the Winaero Screensaver Tweaker download page.
  2. Click the Download Windows Screensavers Tweaker link.
  3. Open whatever directory includes the file by pressing Windows key + E and navigating to it within File Explorer.
  4. Extract the file as instructed within our how-to unzip files guide.
    The Extract Compressed Folders window

  5. Next, open the extracted screensavertweaker folder.
  6. Click the Windows 8 and x64 subfolders.
  7. Then double-click ScreensaversTweaker.exe to open the Windows Screensavers Tweaker software.

Now you can customize Windows 11’s other default screensavers. However, note that you’ll need to have one of the Bubbles, Mystify, or Ribbons screensavers selected for its customization settings to work. So, choose one of those screensavers if you haven’t already.

Click the Bubbles tab to view options for customizing that screensaver. There you can change the number of bubbles the screensaver has by dragging the slider on the Number of Spheres bar. To change the size of the bubbles, drag the slider on the Sphere Radius bar. You can change the force of turbulence (bubble bounce) by dragging the slider on the Turbulence Force bar.

The Bubbles screensaver settings

Below the bars, there are some checkbox settings you enable or disable. Selecting Opaque Bubbles will display non-transparent bubbles in the screensaver. You can omit the desktop wallpaper from the screensaver by choosing the Don’t use Desktop as Background checkbox.

Select the Ribbons tab to customize that screensaver. There you can reduce or increase the number of ribbons by dragging the slider on the Number of Ribbons bar. To make the ribbons broader or narrower, drag the Ribbon Width bar’s slider.

The Ribbons screensaver settings

The ribbons blur and fade in the screensaver by default. However, you can change that by deselecting the Apply Blur and Fade checkbox. Then ribbons will fill up the screen without fading away.

To customize Mystify, select that screensaver’s tab. You can increase or reduce the number of lines Mystify has by dragging the slider on the Number of Lines bar. Drag the Lines Width bar’s slider to set broader or narrower lines.

The Mystify screensaver settings

The Mystify, Bubbles, and Ribbons tabs all include Span Multiple Monitor checkboxes. That setting is enabled by default so that the screensaver extends across multiple monitors. Deselecting that checkbox will display a set screensaver separately on multiple monitors.

You can select to preview all changes you make to screensavers within the software. Click Play Preview to see the screensaver in a small thumbnail screen. Or choose Full Screen to see what the customized screensaver looks like in fullscreen mode.

The Bubbles screensaver settings

Customize Windows 11’s Screensavers for Better Effect

Even though they’re no longer essential, the default Windows 11 screensavers still look groovy. So, it’s worth setting one of those screensavers to liven up your PC when idle. You can refine their look according to preference by tweaking the customization settings outlined above.


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