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

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Versions/A/Resources/

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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