Tuesday Tech Tip, April 1, 2014 Print
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 16:23

It's April Fool's Day!!


I’ll have you know I waited all day to send this…to protect myself.  Howtogeek.com released a totally diabolical article that I was not about to share with my fellow geeks until the 5 o’clock hour.  Here are some pranks for next year though J

For the actual directions on how to do it – visit the page – but yes these can be done, easily!


  1. Make the Space Key Write the Word SPACE: Make the victim’s computer actually type the word “SPACE” every time they hit the space bar.
  2. Pretend to Install Linux on a Windows User’s PC with a Live CD: Then leave an official-looking memo on their desk saying they’ve been upgraded to Linux, and watch them struggle to figure out what on earth they are doing.
  3. Create a Shutdown Shortcut that Looks like a Folder: You can change the shutdown time to really far in the future so they won’t lose any work, but mostly so they get the full benefit of your nerd skills.
  4. Switch the Keyboard Layout To DVORAK: If you really want to screw with somebody without installing anything, just enable the Dvorak alternate keyboard layout that even most geeks aren’t familiar with. When they type, everything will go haywire.
  5. Plug a Wireless USB Mouse / Keyboard Into Their PC: And then every so often type an extra letter, or move the mouse slightly.
  6. Stick a Message Into their System Clock: You can easily stick custom text into the clock that sits in the taskbar—and most people won’t have a clue how to switch it back.
  7. Reverse Their Trackpad or Mouse Wheel Scrolling: You can really throw somebody for a loop if you use a simple AutoHotkey script to flip their trackpad to scroll in the opposite direction.
  8. Add Common Typos or Funny Words to MS Word’s Dictionary or AutoComplete: You put something custom into the AutoCorrect so whatever they type gets replaced with something else.
  9. Setup Task Scheduler Jobs to Launch Random Apps (or a Web Page): Even a serious geek is going to be pretty lost on how to troubleshoot a new tab repeatedly opening to a certain page every couple of minutes, if you bury that inside the task scheduler.
  10. Set the Mouse Pointer to Look Always Busy (to Make Their PC Look Like It’s Hanging): They’ll think their computer is hanging all the time, but it’s really not.


Ok enough of this April Fool’s Stuff – go learn it yourselves you pranksters…