"The Unusable Computer"





Introduction: "The Unusable Computer"

A simple prank to play on someone using their computer desktop and it's features

Step 1: Control-Alt-PrintScrn

Use control-alt-printscrn to take a snapshot of the current desktop

Step 2: Paint!

Go to Paint and copy "snapshot" into Paint then save it, giving it a name that the victim won't immediately identify with the prank

Step 3: Back to Desktop

Go back to the desktop and right click on the background...when the options window comes up, click on Active Desktop then click on Show Desktop Icons...all the desktop icons will disappear...

Step 4: Desktop Continued

Click on an empty space on the toolbar and move it to the opposite side of the desktop from where it usually is, i.e. left to right, top to bottom, etc. and use the hide feature so that it can't be seen...

Step 5: Next to Last Step

Call up the snapshot of the desktop that you saved earlier and set it up as the background for the desktop...

Step 6: Finally

Walk away from your victim's computer or, better yet, call them over and ask what's wrong with the computer and show him/her that you click on the "desktop icons" and nothing happens, and nothing happens when you click on the "toolbar"...it's sort of easy to figure out what's happened after a while, but it's fun to watch them panic...



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    what do i do i have a keyboard that print screen and systemRq sahre the same key

    All keyboards have that. You can probably press Shift to do SysRq.

    at our school we can flip the screen by pressing ctrl, alt and an arrow key. Does this work with anyone else out there?

    Works with all the computers at my old school. I went through the computer lab changing the screens upside down and when the teacher came in, he went psycho. He went round to every class in the school and asked if anyone knew anything about the upside down monitors. He didn't know how to turn them back until I sent him an email from a dud hotmail account telling him to hit control and the arrows...

    It is an option in some graphics processors.

    To enable monitor rotation, right click on the desktop, click on properties; select the settings tab; from there click on advanced; then chose your graphics driver name tab (like mine is Intel Extreme graphics 2). From there, click on the graphics properties button; then select the rotation tab and checkmark the enable rotation checkbox. Whoa!! One might as well write an Instructable to do this!!

    Gahhh I Handcuffed myself and now i cant GEt tHem Off