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OS X: Activate Screensaver from Dock or Icon

As I cannot get used to the active screen corners, this tip will show how to activate the screensaver from an icon either in your dock or your desktop.


OS X is well known for screensaver eye candy. Although many people use active screen corners to start their screensaver, I would just rather click an icon and go.

Here is how to start the screensaver from an icon:

1. Open a Finder Window
2. Navigate to the following area:

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Versions/A/Resources/

3. Drag ScreenSaverEngine.app to the dock or desktop
4. Click the created icon to start the screensaver

Here are a couple of flickr screenshots showing dragging the icon into the dock.

screensaver_dock_os_x

screensaver_docs_os_x_2

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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