8 Computer Pranks to Use on Your Co-Workers

Last updated: Apr 1, 2008
  1. The classic prank. Take a screen shot of their desktop and set their wallpaper to that screenshot. Then hide all the icons by doing a right click > Arrange Icons By: > Show Desktop Icons.

  2. Modify C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts to redirect their favorite website to http://youtube.com/watch?v=eBGIQ7ZuuiU

  3. Change their keyboard layout to dvorak.

    • Open control panel

    • Open the ‘Regional and Language Options’ applet

    • Select ‘Languages’ tab, click ‘Details’ button

    • Click ‘Add’ check the ‘Keyboard Layout/IME’ box

    • Make sure ‘United States-Dvorak’ is selected and click ‘ok’

    • Under the ‘Default Input Language’ section at the top of the ‘Text Services and Input Languages’ window, select the Dvorak option

    • Hit ‘ok

    • Hold the left ‘Alt’ key and hit ‘Shift’ to switch back and forth between the Dvorak layout and normal keyboard layout

Even those with some computer experience will have a hard time figuring this one out.

  1. Create an AutoIT script that will eat away one space bar key stroke every 4 presses.

Opt("TrayIconHide", 1) HotKeySet("{SPACE}", "EatPress") While 1 Sleep(100) WEnd Func EatPress() $i = Round(Random(3)) If $i < 3 Then HotKeySet("{SPACE}") Send("{SPACE}") HotKeySet("{SPACE}", "EatPress") EndIf EndFunc

  1. If you have a linux computer on your network that can print, you can have it print random sayings at 10 minute intervals.

#!/bin/bash COUNTER=0 while [ $COUNTER -lt 10 ]; do sleep 10m fortune | lpr let COUNTER=COUNTER+1 done

  1. Middle Finger Change the users cursor with a middle finger icon every 5 seconds with this nifty software. To close it just move your cursor to the top left corner for a few seconds.

  2. Have them see random messages from good ol’ Mr. Paper Clip.


  1. Give someone a heart attack by setting their LCD montitor background to this.

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