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Display or Remove Welcome Screen after Screensaver

Displaying the welcome screen after the screensaver is occasionally useful. This tutorial describes how to turn it on or off.


This is a common scenario. The screensaver turns on. A user moves the mouse and finds himself or herself sitting at the welcome screen. An extra click is needed to get into the desired workspace.

Some users might consider this a necessary part of XP. However, for many, this feature is an inconvenience.

To disable the welcome screen after the screensaver, follow these steps:

    1. Right-click on a blank area on the desk top.
    2. Select properties from the context menu that opens.
    3. Left-click the screensaver tab.
    4. Unclick the checkbox On resume, display Welcome Screen to disable. (Conversely, click the checkbox to enable it.)
    5. Click OK.
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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