Create Icons to Start the Screensaver on Windows 7 or Vista

How to create an icon to start up the screensaver in Windows 7 or Vista. This question is so common that I figured I’d write up the answer for everybody, as well as provide a downloadable set of shortcuts to all the default screensavers (for Vista users).

Note that this technique should work for Windows 7, Vista, or even XP.

Create Screensaver Icon

Right-click on the desktop and choose New \ Shortcut from the menu.

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In order to launch the screensaver, you’ll need to enter the full path to the screensaver file, followed by “/s”


%systemroot%\system32\Bubbles.scr /s


image37You would want to substitute the name of the screensaver where you
see “Bubbles.scr” above.  Also note that I used %systemroot% instead of
C:\windows because not every install uses the C: drive.

If you don’t know the filename, you can browse down to your system32 folder and then search for “.scr” using the search box:

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You should see all of the names of all the screen-savers installed on your system, which you can use in the location field.

Download Shortcut Icons (Vista Only)

If you’ve prefer, I made shortcuts for all the default screensavers
and zipped them up. You can just download and extract the file, and
then use whichever ones you want.

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Note: I’m fairly certain I didn’t miss any default screensavers in
the list, but you can use the Browse button to search or add anything custom you may use.
Download Start Screensaver Icons

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