How to activate your Mac screensaver from the dock

A colleague of mine just approached me and asked

How do I trigger the screensaver easier than moving my mouse to the corner of the screen?

And I already had the answer, by clicking on a dock icon! I do have another method, using a keyboard shortcut, but it’s a bit hit or miss. Here’s how to get a special icon on your dock which activates the screensaver when you click it.

Open Finder and navigate to the following directory


You can do this in Finder by using the shortcut cmd+shift+g or in the toolbar clicking Go > Go To Folder…

Find the ScreenSaverEngine icon, and simply drag it to the dock. Done! Now when you click it, the screensaver will activate, woop!

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