Create shortcut to launch or change Screensaver state in Windows

In this post, we will see how you can create a shortcut to launch your favorite screensaver in Windows. To launch your favorite screensaver in a click, you can create its shortcut on your desktop. To do this, you will have to first search for the screensaver in the System32 folder by typing *.scr in the search bar.

Once you have done that, right click on your desktop. Select New > Shortcut. Copy-Paste the following into the location box:

%systemroot%\system32\Aurora.scr /s

This assumes that you want to create a shortcut for the Aurora.scr screensaver. Then click Next. In name enter Aurora, and click on Finish.

Give it an appropriate icon. Copy or Cut-Paste your new shortcut wherever you want.

To change any screen-savers state in a click, you can also try FlipSS. It is a utility which lets you, stop the screen saver, if its running when the program switches the state to ‘off’, and manually start the screen saver. The Command line options are /on, /off, or /start.

This can prove to be useful if you are burning CDs or watching videos and don’t want the screen saver to start up suddenly.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.