How Do I Transfer Photos From an Email to a Screensaver?

by Melissa Cole

Screensavers are a great way to customize your computer. Turn a dull, standard screensaver into a personalized display of photos from a family vacation, memories of old friends or even photos of your favorite athletes. It is easy to customize your screensaver, whether you are using a Windows PC or a Mac. One way to make a unique, original screensaver is to transfer photos from an email.

PC

1

Open your email client or log onto your email Web server. Locate the photos that you would like to include in your screensaver. Save the photos onto your desktop. Close your email client.

2

Create a folder on your desktop by right clicking and choosing "New" and then "Folder" from the option menu that appears. Name the folder (and it will already be highlighted, so just start typing). Highlight the photos you have just saved onto your desktop and then drag them into the folder you’ve created.

3

Choose "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu. Click on the "Appearance and Personalization" heading. Choose "Change screen saver" under the "Personalization" heading within the "Appearance and personalization" window. Choose "Photos" from the drop-down menu under the "Screen saver" header. Click on "Settings" on the right of the drop-down menu. Select the radio button next to "Use pictures and videos" from in the "Photos Screen Saver Settings" pop-up window. Click on "Browse" to locate the folder containing the picture you’ve saved on your desktop. Press "Save" at the bottom of the "Photos Screen Saver Settings" window to save your settings. Click "OK" in the "Screen Saver Settings" window to save all of your settings.

Mac

1

Open your email client or log onto your email web server. Locate the photos that you would like to include in your screensaver. Save the photos onto your Desktop. Close your email client.

2

Create a new folder on your desktop by pressing the "CTRL" button and clicking simultaneously. Choose "New Folder" from the option menu that appears. Name the folder by pressing the "CTRL" button and clicking simultaneously. Choose "Get Info" from the option menu that appears. Locate the "Name & Extension" heading and enter a name for the folder in the field. Close the "Get Info" window for your new folder. Highlight the photos you have just saved onto your desktop and then drag them into the folder you’ve created.

3

Choose "System Preferences" from the Apple menu in the top left-hand corner on your desktop. Click on the "Desktop & Screen Saver" option underneath the "Personal" heading in "System Preferences."

4

Click on "Screen Saver" from the top tabs in the "Desktop & Screen Saver" window, on the right of the "Desktop" tab. Scroll through the "Screen Savers" panel on the left side of the window. Locate the "Choose Folder" option towards the bottom of the panel. Click on "Desktop" and then click on the folder that you created. Change the display style of your new screensaver by toggling between the options listed underneath the screensaver preview box.

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Melissa Cole began writing as a local newspaper reporter in 2008. Her work also appears on various websites. Cole is a public-television producer and media professional, as well as a vegan and former varsity track-and-field MVP and team captain. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and politics from New York University.

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