Mouse Jiggler keeps your screensaver from starting up

runs on Windows
screenshot of Mouse Jiggler

You know you've seen this: you've got your machine working on something that's going to take a while, and you're not entering anything. Maybe it's a big download, or maybe you're compiling the Next Great App. Things are chugging along, when all of a sudden the screensaver kicks in. You weren't really interacting with your system, but you were keeping an eye on it. Now you've got to hit a key on the keyboard and hope you don't break something—the Control key maybe—or jiggle the mouse a tad to bring the display back.

Mouse Jiggler is a solution to this problem. As you might guess from the name, this app "jiggles" your mouse from time to time, providing just enough activity to keep your screensaver from starting up or your display from shutting down. There's no need to go in and mess with your system settings for keeping an eye on a simple software install.

You can grab a copy of Mouse Jiggler for free. It's a Windows app, and all you'll need beyond that is version 2.0 of the .NET Framework on your machine.

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4 Responses to “Mouse Jiggler keeps your screensaver from starting up”

  1. Someone says:

    Or you can turn off the screensaver ..

  2. Dave says:

    If you are logging onto a domain at work where there are group policy settings that force you to run the screensaver you cannot just “turn off the screensaver” as “Someone” suggests. So this utility should prove useful in overcoming the time limit set by administrators.

  3. Dragnet says:

    Wish it was a portable app. Very useful!

  4. Dragnet says:

    Update: It is indeed portable!