How can I make my Ubuntu screensaver use my custom Pictures folder?

fahim taraq October 5, 2011
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My OS is Ubuntu. The screensaver uses original Pictures folder. I have created my own Pictures folder. Is there a simple way so screensaver uses my pictures folder? Thanks.

  1. Tina
    October 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Fahim,

    did you manage to use your custom picture folder as screensaver following the instructions above? Please let us know. Thank you!

    • Fahim
      October 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

      I recently moved to ubuntu to access internet and new to the operating system.

      I
      would have preferred step by step answer to my question so I could
      easily follow the instructions. The other thing is if I change over
      would it be easy to go back to the original screensaver.

      Thanks.

  2. Jay
    October 6, 2011 at 2:23 am

    option A :use f-spot
    Applications > Graphics > F-Spot Photo Manager

    organise your pics:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/F-Spot?highlight=%28%28F-SpotHowto%29%29
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/F-SpotHowto

    use them as screensaver

    go to f spot
    select all the favorite pics from your folder you want to use in screensaver, (use multiple select hold control key :)
    and apply tag "favorites"

    Now
    System > Preferences > Screensaver
    scroll down and you will find f spot photos
    click on preview to test.
    apply it by clicking: activate  screen saver...
    (you can also change settings according to your needs)

    option B :Use xscreensaver

    • Fahim
      October 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

      I recently moved to ubuntu to access internet and new to the operating system.

      I would have preferred step by step answer to my question so I could
      easily follow the instructions. The other thing is if I change over
      would it be easy to go back to the original screensaver.

      Thanks.

      • Jay
        October 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

        Hello fahim , you are new to ubuntu, you may be familiar with windows, just like windows, but the paths are different.
        Go to system >> preferences>> screen saver to change your screen saver.

        did you read the links i gave ?, steps are there in the link.

        you just have to got to f spot and select some photos by importing to f spot.

        then you can go to screen saver and apply the f spot screen saver.
         can you get it now ?

        may be, you will understand it easily with a video, because you wcan see the screen  just follow it.
        .
        import photos :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc9tCZuJPLQ
        change screensaver :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9_nmAZ2GTU

  3. Jeff Fabish
    October 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    You have to change the Gnome Personal Slideshow file.

    Command: sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/screensavers/personal-slideshow.desktop

    That will launch an editor (alternatively, navigate to that file and edit it with your editor). Then find the line:

    /usr/lib/gnome-screensaver/gnome-screensaver/slideshow --location=PATH

    Edit "PATH" to be the path of the folder of your pictures you want to use.

    • Fahim
      October 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

      I recently moved to ubuntu to access internet and new to the operating system.

      I would have preferred step by step answer to my question so I could
      easily follow the instructions. The other thing is if I change over
      would it be easy to go back to the original screensaver.

      Thanks.

    • karl hütt
      May 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      hey jeff, i do that and in the editor i don't find the line that says:
      /usr/lib/gnome-screensaver/gnome-screensaver/slideshow –location=PATH
      can i add the line to the file?
      can you give us the complete line so we can copy-paste it there?

      i understand the F-spot option, i use F-spot a lot! only i use it with very large collections of photos that are in separate hard-drives. the fotos i have in the computer are not even in F-spot, sice they're copies of the files i use..

      anyway, i just think there has to be a way to use the simple screen saver and tell it where to find the pictures! or, there should be an application that does it???

      • Bruce Epper
        May 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        To complete the line, we need to know where you have the photos stored on the computer. All you do is replace the word PATH in that line to be the locations where your photos are stored. For example, if your photos are in a directory called photos under your home directory, it would be:

        Exec=/usr/lib/gnome-screensaver/gnome-screensaver/slideshow -location=~/photos

        By default, it uses the photos you have in ~/Pictures so you could just move your screensaver photos there and not even worry about changing the config file.

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