SSText3d.scr - Introduction

When you set the Logon Screen saver to sstext3d.scr using the method described in article KB314493, the sstext3d.scr may appear correctly after the specified time, displaying the default text message in the screen (i.e, Microsoft Windows) with the default style.

This article tells you how to customize the sstext3d.scr when you apply it to the Logon desktop.

Customizing the sstext3d.scr settings as an user

First, configure the settings under your current user account. Use the steps below:

  1. Right-click Desktop and choose Properties
  2. Click the Screen Saver tab
  3. Select 3D Text from the listing and click Settings
  4. Customize the following settings accordingly:
  • Text
  • Motion
  • Surface Style
  • Resolution
  • Size
  • Rotation Speed
  1. Click OK to close the Settings dialog, and then click Apply.

Exporting the registry settings to a file

Next step is to export the above configuration to a .REG file (Registration entries). To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  2. Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Screensavers \ Text3D

  1. Export the above branch to a REG file (say SSTEXT3D.REG)
  2. Close Regedit.exe
  3. Then open the file SSTEXT3D.REG using Notepad
  4. Use the Replace option in Notepad to replace every instance of the string HKEY_CURRENT_USER with HKEY_USERS.Default

For example, the following line in the REG file:


becomes the following:


Sample REG file

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"DisplayString"="Your message here..."

Then, double-click the SSTEXT3D.REG file to merge the contents to the registry. This REG file can be used for deployment as well, if you have a many number of systems.