Sharpen Office 2010 skills with the “Getting Started” Screensaver

If you want tips on ways to help you use Office 2010 effectively or skillfully, you can get them automatically by downloading and installing the free Office 2010 “Getting Started” Screensaver.

The Office 2010 “Getting Started” Screensaver provides Office 2010 tips in short videos. Click to see a sample video.

The screensaver starts when your computer is inactive for a few minutes, and plays short videos of tips and how-to procedures for Office 2010 programs. You can dismiss the screensaver at any time by moving the mouse or pressing a key on the keyboard.

Install the screensaver

To download the Office 2010 “Getting Started” Screensaver, go to the Office 2010 “Getting Started” Screensaver download page. Click Download and then click Run and follow the wizard instructions.

 Notes 

  • On the download page, if you do not see a Download button but instead see a Continue button, you may be prompted to install the Windows Genuine Advantage validation tool. Click Continue and then click Install, and follow instructions on the screen.
  • You may also be prompted to install .NET Framework components necessary to correctly run the screensaver. Accept installation and follow instructions on the screen.

Run the screensaver

The Office 2010 “Getting Started” Screensaver installs as your computer’s default screensaver. To change settings, do the following:

  1. Click the Windows Start button and go to the Control Panel (Control Panel: A utility that allows the user to customize the appearance and functionality of the computer, add or remove programs, and set up network connections and user accounts.). In Appearance and Personalization, under Personalization, click Change Screensaver.
  2. Under Screen saver, in the screensaver list, select Office 2010 Screensaver.
  3. In the Wait box, click or enter the number of minutes that you want the computer to remain inactive before starting the screensaver.

To manually start the screensaver

The Office 2010 “Getting Started” Screensaver starts automatically, after your computer has been inactive for a specified amount of time. You can start the screensaver manually, by doing the following:

  1. Click the Windows Start button and go to the Control Panel (Control Panel: A utility that allows the user to customize the appearance and functionality of the computer, add or remove programs, and set up network connections and user accounts.). In Appearance and Personalization, under Personalization, click Change Screensaver.
  2. Under Screen saver, in the screensaver list, ensure Office 2010 Screensaver is selected.
  3. Click Preview. To stop the preview, move your mouse or press any key on your keyboard.

To update the screensaver

The screensaver is updated with new tips automatically, by an RSS feed from Office.com. A subscription to the RSS feed is set up automatically as part of the screensaver’s installation.

 Tip    If you see the same tips running repeatedly, the RSS feed may need to be reset. To do this, restart your computer.

Stop the screensaver

The screensaver stops running any time the mouse is moved or a key is pressed on the keyboard. After the screensaver stops and the most recent active window resumes, a box appears, similarly to an Outlook e-mail alert. The box displays the subject of the tip playing when the screensaver closed. Click the box to learn more about that tip, or to see other tips.

Popup box showing the last screensaver tip

To change the settings for this box, do the following:

  1. Click the Windows Start button and go to the Control Panel (Control Panel: A utility that allows the user to customize the appearance and functionality of the computer, add or remove programs, and set up network connections and user accounts.). In Appearance and Personalization, under Personalization, click Change Screensaver.
  2. Under Screen saver, in the screensaver list, ensure Office 2010 Screensaver is selected.
  3. Click Settings. The Options dialog box appears. Move the sliders to change how long the box remains in view, and the alert’s transparency. Click Preview to see how the changes will appear.

Turn off the screensaver

To turn off the Office 2010 “Getting Started” Screensaver, do the following:

  1. Click the Windows Start button and go to the Control Panel (Control Panel: A utility that allows the user to customize the appearance and functionality of the computer, add or remove programs, and set up network connections and user accounts.). In Appearance and Personalization, under Personalization, click Change Screensaver.
  2. Under Screen saver, in the screensaver list, select a different screensaver, or select (None).