Customize the Screen Saver Text with a Message in Mac OS X

Oct 21, 2012 - 2 Comments

Custom screen saver text in Mac OS X

The most simple screen saver in OS X is just a floating grey Apple logo  against a black background, but you can make that screen saver significantly better by attaching a customized message to it, which will be added along with the logo and move about the screen.

Older versions of Mac OS X referred to this customizable screen saver as “Computer Name”, but in Mountain Lion it is labeled as the “Message” screen saver. For any version, just click “Screen Saver Options” to customize the message of the text shown on screen.

Customizing the screen saver message in Mac OS X

What text to put on the screen saver will likely vary on the Macs usage in general, but here are a few general ideas:

  • Ownership “If Found” messages to help return lost items (name, phone number, email address)
  • Personal messages like “Hi Mom”, “You’re the greatest”, “I love you”, or the more ominous “We need to talk”
  • Subtle password reminders for the incredibly forgetful, though don’t be too obvious with this or someone will guess it
  • Important to-do message for those extra forgetful and who aren’t using the Reminders within iOS and OS X

If you’re going with the ownership message, which is our general recommendation, be sure to put a reasonable way for someone to get in contact with you. Also, be sure to set the screen saver to require a password, and also set login and lock screen messages too.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Colin fox says:

    It’s rare not to be using an LCD display. Is a screen saved really still necessary as burn in does not happen on lcd’s.

  2. Jason says:

    Forget the screensaver – set the message on the login page.

    Settings -> Security & Privacy
    General Tab
    Check “Show a message when the screen is locked”
    Set Lock Message… “Reward if found – call (555) 123-4567″

    And turn on your iCloud services so you can track the darn thing – and remote wipe it if needs be.

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