REGISTRY SHORTCUTS TO DISABLE AND ENABLE SCREEN SAVERS
When you perform maintenance operations such as defragmenting or backing
up the hard disk, you probably disable your screen saver before you
begin in order to prevent it from interfering with the maintenance
operation. However, disabling your screen saver manually is a multistep
operation that involves accessing the Display Properties dialog box,
navigating to the Screen Saver tab, and then setting the screen saver
to None. Then, you need to re-enable the screen saver after you complete
the maintenance operation.
Fortunately, you can automate the disabling and enabling screen saver
procedures with a couple of registry shortcuts. Follow these steps:
1. Launch Notepad and type the following four lines. (Note: The second
line must be blank.)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop] "ScreenSaveActive"="0"
2. Save the file to your desktop with the name Disable Screen Saver.reg.
3. Change the 0 to a 1 in the fourth line.
4. Save the file to your desktop with the name Enable Screen Saver.reg.
Now, when you need to disable the screen saver, just double-click
the Disable Screen Saver.reg shortcut. To enable the screen saver,
simply double-click the Enable Screen Saver.reg shortcut.
Keep in mind that when you run either of these files, the Registry
Editor will display two confirmation prompts--one before making the
change and one after making the change.
NOTE: Editing the registry is risky, so make sure you have a verified
backup before making any changes.