Use Registry Shortcuts To Disable And Enable
Screensavers In Windows XP.
The steps in this tip will show you how to edit the registry for a time-saving
shortcut for enabling and disabling your screensaver.
When you perform maintenance operations such as defragmenting or backing up the
hard disk, you probably disable your screensaver before you begin to prevent it
from interfering with the maintenance operation. However, disabling your
screensaver manually is a multi-step operation that involves accessing the
Display Properties dialog box, navigating to the Screen Saver tab, and 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. Note: Editing the registry is risky, so
make sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.
1. Launch Notepad and type the following four lines. (Note: The second line must
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
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, double-click the Enable
Screen Saver.reg shortcut.
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
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