Pranks are superior. They are a kind of few issues in life that most individuals can unequivocally agree on being nice (besides in case you’re Microsoft). Pranks are in the identical league with cat movies, sweet, and free stuff – everybody loves ’em. (Except for that one man you realize, however he is nonetheless sore out of your final prank. Lighten up, Joe!)

You’ve most likely already pranked some fortunate members of your life at one time or one other. Maybe you deployed the standard Whoopee cushion or used the vacuum on someone sound asleep. Fun instances, however are you actually residing as much as your prankster potential? You’re a tech-savvy particular person, and it is time that your pranks confirmed that. We’ve obtained some concepts…

Note: This function was initially revealed on 03/28/2016. We have bumped it as a result of a very good lighthearted prank can construct higher groups and assist colleagues develop nearer, destroy limitations, and dramatically enhance morale.

1. Flip the pc show display screen the other way up

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This little prank makes utilizing your trackpad really feel like staying off Twitter when you’re alleged to be working or climbing Everest (or one thing else equally troublesome.)

For Windows: Hit Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow (the identical mixture with the up arrow will flip it again). If for some cause this does not work, proper click on on the desktop > Display Settings (or Screen Resolution on older variations) and alter the display screen orientation.

For Mac: Hold Command + Option on the identical time, whereas nonetheless holding these keys go to System Preferences. Go to Display (whereas nonetheless holding the 2 keys) A brand new menu known as Rotation ought to seem, and you’ll flip the show and reserve it or undo.

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2. Drive individuals to madness by altering the mouse pointer to look continuously busy

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This easy prank will make your sufferer suppose their laptop is hanging on a regular basis when it’s actually not. Whenever I see the busy cursor I really feel irritable. Can’t assist it. The mere concept of this prank occurring to me makes me need to punch one thing. But, in case you promise to by no means use this on me listed here are the instructions:

For Windows: Go to the Control Panel > Mouse > Pointers and alter the Normal pointer to the working one.

For Mac: This prank choice is not available however you’ll be able to nonetheless mess with the cursor. Go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Display and drag the cursor measurement all the best way to the suitable to make the mouse pointer gigantic. While you are at it, you may as nicely fiddle with the opposite show settings like inverting colours and turning the distinction all the best way up.

3. Become the grasp of sinister autocorrect additions

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This easy however overly irritating prank will be performed in quite a few methods and relying in your sufferer you could possibly mess together with his laptop or smartphone. The primary premise right here is so as to add a customized entry into the AutoCorrect keyboard function to switch a standard phrase (or the spacebar) with one thing else solely.

You will be refined and simply substitute a accurately typed phrase with a typo. That’s irritating, proper. Or you’ll be able to go for shock worth and add one thing that makes you snicker uncontrollably – equivalent to altering “Hi” to “I love watching Jersey Shore reruns.” Just be ready to take care of no matter fallout could happen.

For Microsoft Word: Choose File from the primary menu (or the Office button in older variations of Word) > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options. If you need this to be system-wide, you should use AutoHotkey as a substitute.

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Word on Mac: Word > Preferences > Autocorrect.

For Mac: System Preferences > Keyboard > Text > Click the Plus signal on the backside left.

For Google Docs: Tools > Preferences. Add away. Make certain the field subsequent to “Automatic substitution” is checked.

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For Android: Go to Settings > Language & Input > Google Keyboard (or different default keyboard) > Text Correction > Personal Dictionary.

For iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard (be sure that autocorrect is on) > Text Replacement > faucet the Plus signal on the prime proper and add your “corrections.”

4. Switch the keyboard structure to DVORAK

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As a faster various, this one is a enjoyable strategy to mess with anyone with out having to do a lot. All it is advisable do is allow the Dvorak alternate keyboard structure that almost all common customers aren’t aware of.

Go to the Control Panel > Region and Language > Keyboards > Change keyboards, then click on the Add button and decide the Dvorak structure (or every other random structure you need). Once you’ve finished that, use the drop-down above to set the default. You’ll most likely need to flip over to the Language Bar tab and set that to hidden as nicely, so the tips cannot be found out too simply.

5. Block their mouse sensor with a Post-it

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6. Give your sufferer a coronary heart assault with a cracked display screen wallpaper

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Simple pranks can have simply as a lot affect as sophisticated ones. Quickly altering somebody’s wallpaper is tremendous simple to arrange and might ship some shock worth, nonetheless for greatest outcomes it’s possible you’ll need to take a screenshot of the house display screen and add the cracked glass effect on prime of it. There are just a few apps that may do it for you as nicely on Android and iOS.

7. Set up process scheduler jobs to launch random apps (or an online web page)

Imagine {that a} new tab to a sure web page opens each couple of minutes. Annoying. Now think about making an attempt to troubleshoot it rapidly and never having any luck (whereas the brand new tab retains popping open.) Bury the task in the scheduler and that’s precisely what is going to occur. Go in and create a brand new process, run via the wizard and decide the browser executable, plug the location title into the arguments field, after which set the schedule to repeat the duty each 5 minutes (or each minute – relying on how maniacal you’re.)

8. Replace system sounds

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As with most of the pranks listed right here, it is all within the strategy. The easy strategy is sweet for pranksters who’re quick on time: Download an assortment of ‘.wav’ information and substitute the prankee’s widespread system sounds via the Control Panel. Example; after they obtain a brand new e-mail in Outlook or different e-mail purchasers.

If subtlety is your factor and you’ve got some extra time to take a position on this prank, use a sound editor (equivalent to Audacity) and add numerous silence between the default sound (for receiving e-mail or another) and the sound information you are utilizing. That provides a giant hole between what causes the sound – logging onto Windows, a User Account Control window showing, or anything you resolve – and your chosen sound impact. Terrifying screams is a standard suggestion, however why not attempt one thing new like a toddler’s voice whispering one thing?

9. Move desktop icons, take a screenshot, set because the wallpaper

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Take a screenshot of the sufferer’s present desktop, set it because the desktop wallpaper, after which disguise the icons and taskbar. At first, every thing will look regular, however nothing will reply to any mouse clicks. Another strategy is to take a screenshot of their desktop, set it as their wallpaper, transfer some icons round, and take one other screenshot. Repeat till you’ve got a really cluttered desktop, with just a few icons that truly work and the sufferer is left to look to seek out what’s usable.

10. Plug a wi-fi mouse/keyboard and management a pc from afar

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Back within the day, there was once trojan-like (however benign) VNC packages you could possibly run to fiddle with individuals however these now not work. Alternatively, putting in one thing like TeamViewer is an elaborate choice for a prank however one that may take most planning than most.

However, if you’re in an workplace setting with desktop PCs, simply plug a wi-fi mouse and keyboard receiver at the back of the prankee’s laptop, and management it out of your desk. The receiving particular person shall be misplaced when the mouse begins shifting by itself, beginning purposes, and typing bizarre messages on the display screen. Combine this with one of many pranks above and also you’re in for a very good snicker.

Now, what are you ready for?

Figure out your goal, management your maniacal laughter, and get to work. Because good pranks are the very best sort of work.