Top 10 Tech Pranks

Help Colleagues Grow Closer with These Practical IT Jokes

1. Flip the computer display upside down

2. Drive people loopy by altering the mouse pointer to look always busy

3. Become the grasp of sinister autocorrect additions

4. Switch the keyboard layout to DVORAK

5. Block their mouse sensor with a Post-it note

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

7. Set up task scheduler jobs to launch random apps (or a website)

8. Replace system sounds

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

10. Plug an instant mouse or keyboard and manage your victim’s PC from afar

1. Flip the laptop monitor screen upside down


This little prank makes using your trackpad feel like staying off Twitter when you’re supposed to be working or climbing Everest (or something else equally difficult).

For Windows: Right-click on the Desktop > Display Settings > Change the display orientation to Landscape (flipped).


For Mac: Hold the Option key and go to System Preferences. While holding the Option key, go to Displays. A choice called Rotation ought to appear, and you can flip the display and save it or undo it.

2. Drive individuals loopy by altering the mouse pointer to look always busy

This simple prank will make your sufferer think their computer is hanging all the time when it’s actually not. Whenever I see the busy cursor, I really feel irritable. Can’t help it. The mere inspiration of this prank taking place to me makes me desire to punch a specific thing. But, if you promise to not use this on me right here are the directions:

For Windows: Go to Settings > Mouse > Pointers and change the Normal pointer to the “working” 1.

For Mac: This prank alternative is not readily available however you can mess with the cursor. Go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Display and drag the cursor measurement all the method to the right to make the mouse pointer gigantic. While you are at it, you may as well mess around with the different monitor settings like inverting shades and turning the contrast all the method up.

3. Become the master of sinister autocorrect additions


This easy but overly frustrating prank can be performed in several ways and depending on your suffered you could mess with his desktop or smartphone. The primary premise here is to add a custom entry into the AutoCorrect keyboard function to replace a common phrase (or the spacebar) with something else completely.

You can be delicate and simply replace a correctly typed word with a typo. That’s irritating, right?

Or you can go for shock value and add a specific thing that makes you snicker uncontrollably such as altering “Hi” to “I love watching Jersey Shore reruns”. Just be prepared to deal with fallout may occur.

For Microsoft Word: Choose File from the leading menu > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options. If you want this to be systemwide, you can use AutoHotkey.


Word on Mac: Word > Preferences > Autocorrect.

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

For Google Docs:Tools > Preferences > Substitutions. Make convinced the box next to “Automatic substitution” is checked.


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

For iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard (make yes autocorrect is on) > Text Replacement > Add your “corrections”.

4. Switch the keyboard layout to DVORAK

A quicker alternative, this 1 is a fun means to mess with somebody without having to do a lot. All you want to do is allow the Dvorak alternate keyboard structure that most users aren’t acquainted with.

Go to Settings > Region and Language > Keyboards > Change keyboards, then click on the Add button and decide the Dvorak layout (or any different random layout you want). Once you’ve finished that, use the drop-down above to set the default. You’ll probably desire to flip over to the Language Bar tab and set that to hide as well, so the tricks can’t be figured out too easily.

5. Block their mouse sensor with a Post-it word


6. Give your sufferer a heart attack with a cracked display wallpaper


Simple pranks can have just as a lot impression as complex ones. Quickly altering someone’s wallpaper is easy to set up and can deliver some shock value for top results you might desire to take a screenshot of the house screen and add the cracked glass effect.

7. Set up activity scheduler jobs to launch random apps (or a website)

Imagine that a new tab to a certain web page opens each couple of minutes. Annoying.

Now imagine attempting to troubleshoot it swiftly and not having any luck (while the new tab keeps popping open).

Bury the job in the scheduler

8. Replace system sounds


As with many of the pranks listed here, this is all in the approach. The simple approach is good for pranksters who are brief on time: Download an assortment of ‘wav’. files and substitute the prankee’s widespread system sounds through the Control Panel. Example: when they get a new email in Outlook or other e-mail purchaser.

If subtlety is your factor and you have more time to invest in this prank, use a sound editor (such as Audacity

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


Take a screenshot of the victim’s current desktop, set it as the desktop wallpaper, and then hide the icons and taskbar. At first, everything will look normal, however nothing will respond to any mouse clicks. Another strategy is to take a screenshot of their desktop, set it as their wallpaper, transfer some icons around, and take another screenshot. Repeat until eventually you have a very cluttered desktop, with only a few icons that truly work and the victim is left to search to find what’s usable.

10. Plug a instant mouse or keyboard and handle your victim’s PC from afar

Back in the day, there used to be trojan-like (but benign) VNC packages you might run to mess round with people but those no longer work. Alternatively, installing a specific thing like TeamViewer

However, if you are in a workplace setting with desktop PCs, just plug a wireless mouse and keyboard received in the again of the prankee’s computer, and control it from your desk.

The receiving person will be lost when the mouse starts off moving by itself, beginning applications, and typing weird messages on the display screen. Combine this with 1 of the pranks above and you’re in for a good snort.

Now, what are you waiting for?

Figure out your target, handle your maniacal laughter

Note:This characteristic was initially published on March 2016. We have updated it and bumped it simply because a good lighthearted prank can build greater teams and help colleagues grow closer, destroy barriers, and dramatically increase morale.

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