windows 10 screen saver shortcut

How can I set a icon for screen saver on desktop or taskbar. I don't want to access control panel and type in screen saver each time..
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As per the description, I understand that you want to set icon for screen saver on desktop or taskbar. And you don’t want to access control panel every time.

I certainly understand your concern and will try my best to help you.

I would suggest you to try the following steps and check if that helps.

  1. Go to the folder C:\Windows\System32 and sort by file type.

  2. Look for the screensaver file type (.scr).

  3. Find the file scrnsave.scr(you can choose any of the screensavers).

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

I hope this information is helpful.

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Thank you.

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Hello,

Thank you for visiting Microsoft Community and providing us with the detailed description about the issue.

As per the description, I understand that you want to set icon for screen saver on desktop or taskbar. And you don’t want to access control panel every time.

I certainly understand your concern and will try my best to help you.

I would suggest you to try the following steps and check if that helps.

  1. Go to the folder C:\Windows\System32 and sort by file type.

  2. Look for the screensaver file type (.scr).

  3. Find the file scrnsave.scr(you can choose any of the screensavers).

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

I hope this information is helpful.

Please do let us know if you need any further assistance, we will be glad to assist you.

Thank you.

This file starts the Blank Screen screen saver .... Where is the file for the screen saver settings?

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The issue is that Windows 10 decreased functionality / user-friendliness / "experience" quality by removing
access to "Screen Saver Settings" from the (right-click on desktop, select) "Personalize" pane.  That needs to be restored, or there needs to be some other one- or two-step process to turn off / on screen saver mode when necessary.  Having to go to the CP Display... or Personalize, search to get to this option in Windows 10 appears to be a functional "downgrade".

Microsoft, please fix this!

 

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Hello,

Thank you for visiting Microsoft Community and providing us with the detailed description about the issue.

As per the description, I understand that you want to set icon for screen saver on desktop or taskbar. And you don’t want to access control panel every time.

I certainly understand your concern and will try my best to help you.

I would suggest you to try the following steps and check if that helps.

  1. Go to the folder C:\Windows\System32 and sort by file type.

  2. Look for the screensaver file type (.scr).

  3. Find the file scrnsave.scr(you can choose any of the screensavers).

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

I hope this information is helpful.

Please do let us know if you need any further assistance, we will be glad to assist you.

Thank you.

I thought that solution looked promising for me as my Screensaver won't work since I downloaded Windows 10 (I've tried the other solutions posted elsewhere without success), but I couldn't find the scrnsave.scr file so I searched for it. Found it that way but when I test it I just get a black screen. Any ideas?

Thank you.

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Here is what I want:  Same access / functionality as in Win 8.1.  That is:

  1. Right-click empty desktop space.
  2. Select "Personalize"
  3. Get a window with the same screen saver options (turn on / off,  select a "screen saver"...) that in Windows 10, Microsoft is forcing me to access through Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Personalization ->Change Screen Saver.

The Windows 8.1 two-step process was a much more user-friendly "experience" than is the Windows 10 four-step process.

wmc

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1. GO there with 4 clicks:

Right-click on empty desktop space > Personalize > Lock Screen > Screen saver settings (lower edge of window)

2. OR create a desktop shortcut to the target:

%LocalAppData%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Indexed\Settings\en-US\Classic_{1DD03EE3-FC46-456A-8632-B0717A9D497D}.settingcontent-ms

If your PC is not setup in English, you possibly have to replace "en-US" in the target path by your localisation, e.g. "de-DE" or "fr-FR".

Edit: Works identically on Windows 8.1 .

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THANK YOU!!

 #2 works great and is even better than what I was looking for (the two-click Win 8.1 approach).

wmc

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Already tried solution 1 without success.  Tried solution 2 but that file cannot be found on my computer. Does anyone have any other ideas?

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tried solution 1 without success.

Please report which of the 4 steps you manage to perform,

and then describe what is happening or failing as "no success".

solution 2 ... that file cannot be found on my computer.

In order to exclude copying errors, you might generate the shortcut again.

Your Windows 10 probably isn't so different from that of other users.

What build number are you running, what language?

Are you on a stand-alone home PC?

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Right click on desktop, create shortcut, paste

%LocalAppData%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Indexed\Settings\en-US\Classic_{1DD03EE3-FC46-456A-8632-B0717A9D497D}.settingcontent-ms )

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Name it want you like,

That's it....worked like a charm for me.

Adding it to the start menu was tedious at best.

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