SCR File Type

- The quick facts

What are SCR files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SCR file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a SCR file?

SCR files have multiple uses, and Windows Screen Saver is one of them.

Windows Screen Saver

These screensaver files are used by Windows for energy-saving and screen protection purposes. Windows screensavers were originally created to prolong the life of CRT and plasma display monitors.

If a screensaver has been set by the user through the display properties of Windows, then the system will automatically activate the user's chosen screensaver when the Windows computer has been idle for a certain time. This is performed so as to minimize the power consumption levels of these display devices and to avoid "burn-in" on old CRT monitors, where the display could be damaged if the same content was displayed for a long period of time. Screensavers solved this by displaying random content.

Screensavers also allow users to secure the Windows desktop. A Windows screensaver can be configured to be protected by a password. Other options like setting a fixed number of idle minutes before the chosen screensaver is activated are available through the display properties of Windows.

How to open SCR files

Important: Different programs may use files with the SCR file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your SCR file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different SCR openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: June 29, 2022

More file formats using the SCR extension

Through our research of SCR files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • 32-Bit Sequencer Script
  • A'dam Music Composer Script
  • Ani ST Script
  • CA-Compete! Script
  • DBASE IV Screen
  • Dynamix Screen Data Container
  • Microsoft Mail Server For PC Script
  • Movie Master Script
  • Sean Conran Music Module
  • Silver Scene
  • Turbo Silver V3 Script
  • Vista Script

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of SCR files. Remember, different programs may use SCR files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Photomania DeluxePhotomania DeluxeUser submitted
RasWinRasWinUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Direct Show Ogg Vorbis FilterDirect Show Ogg Vorbis FilterUser submitted
Intel Dynamic Power Performance ManagementIntel Dynamic Power Performance ManagementUser submitted
Screen ViewScreen ViewUser submitted
DIMIN ViewerDIMIN ViewerUser submitted
TLGTLGUser submitted
3D Photo Browser3D Photo BrowserUser submitted
3DBrowser3DBrowserUser submitted

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