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    Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    In previous versions of Windows, you could create an Office toolbar and put it on the edge of your screen. One of the icons you could put there was one that, when clicked on, would activate the screen saver. This tool bar is, to my knowledge not available in XP. The question then is how can I put and icon somewhere, e.g., task bar, so that when I click on it, the screen saver is activated. Any insight that anyone can provide is greatly appreciated. <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    You could also grab a copy of the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> third party application Screensaver Control.
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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    Joe and Doc, thanks very much for your help with this. It is greatly appreciated. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    The toolbar you're referring to is actually an Office application, not bundled with Windows. It comes with versions of Office up to (and including) Office XP, but is discontinued from Office 2003 onwards. It works fine with Windows XP.
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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    I've been looking into this a fair bit as I'd also like the funcionality back now that I'm using Office 2003. Unfortunately there seems to be no way of doing it without paying for additional software. I'll keep hunting periodically though, as it can only be a matter of time before something comes along that can do the job for <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.
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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    See my previous post <post:=569,456>post 569,456</post:>. It's not part of an Office Toolbar (if that's what you are really looking for) but it starts the screensaver and it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.
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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    I don't use a screensaver so I don't want to venture guesses, but does this tip not work?

    Windows XP: Instantly Activate a Screensaver

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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    Yep, I did see that but wasn't sure if the program would do what we're after - mainly because their web page talks about enabling/disabling the screensaver as opposed to activating it. Maybe it's just bad wording. Anyway, I've downloaded it now and will investigate...
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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    Yep, it has a "start" feature as well as the enabled/disabled bit. Doesn't mention that on its homepage though, which is why I was sceptical - it's unusual for a bit of software to be undersold!
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    Re: Screen Saver (Windoes XP SP2)

    Of course it does Al. The drawback is if you use more than one screensaver regularly, you'll have shortcuts all over your desktop. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> These third-party apps give much more flexibility for starting and working with the screensavers. The one I linked to is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and very basic. I have used Galt Technology's Screen Control forever. It's not free and I paid a pretty penny for it (for what it is) back in '96 or '97, but it gives you complete control over your screensavers.
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