Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day. Mark the occasion with these simple tricks that will leave your colleagues confused. This is your chance for revenge from a year of idiotic support questions — make the most of it.
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Turn Screens Upside Down
Turn The Internet Upside Down
A variant on the same thing is the much-loved Upside-Down-Ternet, which will display just web sites upside down. It requires a little skill in editing IP tables, but the instructions are fairly comprehensive. With everything in place, your victim’s web browser will display every site in reverse.
Swap Every Lightning Charger For A 30-Pin Dinosaur
The Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) Screensaver
OK, the Blue Screen Of Death looks a little different these days, but not everyone has updated to Windows 8. The BSOD Screensaver loads a fake Windows error screen to trick the viewer into thinking their computer has just experienced a major crash. There are several variants out there; hunt around for one that appeals.
Trick Colleagues Into Talking To The Printer
Another low-tech genius move, and one that doesn’t require any admin access. These realistic upgrade notices make it look like the printer has voice commands. Readers will start to recite the commands and get absolutely nowhere while you watch and enjoy. These original notices have 2010 copyright dates, which may not be an issue depending on the age of your office printer. If it is, they’re easily edited.
Enable Dvorak Keyboard Support
We don’t recommend using the DVORAK layout, switching a colleague to using it can make life amusing. Just search for ‘Keyboard layout’ on a modern Windows machine and alter the settings.
Use Text Expansion To Replace Common Words
As a prank, you can enter common words as shortcut. For example, if your friend’s name was Harold you could enter a shortcut that expands Harold to the word Idiot.It’s a very simple trick to play and you can be as creative and detailed as you want. You can also be as appropriate or vulgar as your relationship with the victim dictates, making it a safe prank for almost everyone.
What pranks would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments.