Here's a more interesting screen saver option: create your very own by using pictures on your computer's hard drive. To do so, choose "My Pictures Slideshow" from the Screen Saver drop-down menu. You will then be able to configure the settings of the slideshow (i.e., what pictures to use) by clicking on the adjacent Settings button. The Settings button has different effects depending on which Windows screen savers you choose. With the default Windows XP screen saver, the Settings button cannot be used.
Upon clicking Settings with the My Pictures Slideshow selected, you see the Options dialog box, as shown in Figure 5-6. The default directory for the My Pictures Slideshow is the My Pictures folder, which is one of the subfolders of My Documents, which is in turn a part of the user profile. The full path is: Driveletter:\Documents and Settings\ Username\My Documents\My Pictures.
Figure 5-6. Selecting Slideshow options.
But let's say, for example, that you have a more global directory where you store your pictures. Let's say the folder is called \Pics, and it's located on the D:\ drive. Furthermore, you want each picture to display in the screen saver for 30 seconds rather than the default of 6.
To make these changes, do the following: