How to Adjust Your Mac’s Screen Saver Time and Date

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Today, we’re going to provide a detailed look at how you can use your Mac’s screen saver to set a specific time and date.

The first step is to open your System Preferences. To do so, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen, then select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Once there, click on “Screen Saver” in the sidebar. On this page, you’ll be able to choose the type of clock or calendar you want your Mac to display when it enters screen saver mode. You can opt for a digital clock or an analog clock, as well as either a monthly calendar or weekly calendar view.

Once you have selected the type of clock/calendar you would like your Mac to display during screen saver mode, you will need to configure the date and time settings associated with it. To do this, click on “Options” in the lower-right corner of this page. This will open up a dialogue box where you can adjust both the time format (either 12-hour or 24-hour) and date format (ie: Month/Day/Year). It is important that these are set correctly before proceeding further.

Finally, if you would like your Mac to automatically switch back into active mode after a period of inactivity (i.e., no mouse movement or keyboard input), then click on “Lock Screen” in the System Preferences sidebar. Here you will be able to set how long your Mac will wait before returning back into active mode after idle periods; this setting is known as “Screen Saver Timeout” and can be adjusted using the slider bar below it.

With that out of the way, let’s move onto one final tip: If you want an easy way to check what time it is in different cities around the world then consider adding a Clock widget (or both) to Notification Center on your Mac – just remember that clicking anywhere inside these widgets will open up Date & Time settings for quick adjustments if needed!

We hope that this blog post has been informative and helped shed some light on how easy it is to manage Mac screensaver time and date settings on your Mac system!

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Changing the Screensaver Time on a Mac

To change the time it takes for your Mac’s screen saver to start, open the System Preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen. From there, click on Lock Screen in the sidebar and choose Settings on the right. Here you can adjust a setting called “Start Screen Saver After” to any amount of time that you would like. You can also pick a specific time of day if you’d like your screen saver to only start after that time. Once you have made your selection, click save and your new settings will take effect.

Adding a Clock to a Mac

Yes, you can add a Clock to your Mac. To do this, open Notification Center and click the ‘Edit’ button in the bottom left corner. From there, you can add the City or World Clock widget (or both). Once it’s added, you’ll be able to easily check the time in your favorite cities around the world by clicking anywhere in the Clock widget. You can also open Date & Time settings to customize the display of your clock.

Changing Screen Timeout Duration

To change how long your screen stays on, go to the Display settings menu in your device’s Settings. Look for the Screen Timeout settings option and tap on it. From there, you can choose the timeout duration that best suits your needs — the default is usually 30 seconds, but you can adjust it to 15 seconds, one minute, two minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes, or even 30 minutes. After you’ve made your selection, exit out of the settings menu and your new timeout setting will be applied.


In conclusion, Apple Macs are powerful and versatile computers that offer a variety of features and customization options to suit every user’s needs. With the easy-to-use macOS operating system, Mac users can easily access their files, applications, and settings. Additionally, Macs come with plenty of security features such as FileVault and Gatekeeper, which help protect against malicious software and intrusions. Furthermore, Mac users can customize the look of their computer with a variety of screen savers and other options. With its powerful hardware components and robust software features, Apple Mac makes an excellent choice for any user looking for a reliable computer.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.