Introduction: April Fool: the World's Simplest Stupid Office Trick

This instructable details a simple stupid trick that takes 30 seconds to set up, yet still gets a laugh.

Step 1: Pay Attention, This Happens Fast...

You will need:
o A small "Post-It" note
o A writing implement
o A mark (actually, a mark's computer)

Step One:
Write "April Fool" on the Post-It.

Step Two:
Put the Post-It on the bottom of the mark's mouse, covering the sensor.

Yes, it's stupid. It still catches people all the time. We just don't expect things that simple not to work.
Yes, I know the pictures are lousy. So is my cell phone's camera.

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Lizzie RoMeave (author)2016-04-22

LOL PLAY ANIMAL JAM TOO!!!

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Lizzie RoMeave made it! (author)2016-04-22

MEOW

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Lizzie RoMeave (author)2016-04-22

IF YOU LIKE ROLEPLAYS BTW

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Lizzie RoMeave made it! (author)2016-04-22

WATCH APHMAU

LOL

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jlsajfj (author)2015-04-07

nice

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Jamez Britton (author)2011-05-25

haha
i did this to an IT teacher at my school and they couldn't figure out what the hell was going on! I like this trick and I do it all the time. XD

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jefletch (author)2010-07-04

My personal favorite is to take a screenshot of their desktop, then delete all the shortcuts and icons, and set the screenshot as the wallpaper. They spend forever trying to figure out why they cant click to open anything.

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aarrnnoo (author)jefletch2011-03-31

you don't need to delete all the shortcuts, you can also just do right click and there you can set the "showing pictograms' off :)

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Bropagopa (author)2008-07-16

Another hilarious April-fools day joke on the technologically challenged is to pop random letters out of their keyboard and switch them around. This, however, works only on those who 'hunt and peck' their keys.

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However, you don't want to do that on laptop computers, as those keys can only pop off, not get put back on. Try explaining missing keys to your boss/colleague/friend.

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 Both desktop and laptop keyboard's keys can be popped off and reattached. The only way a laptop's keys won't go back on is if they get broken when you take them off.

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michaelb958 (author)Injulen2010-07-09

Exactly. The 4 key on the laptop I'm typing this on came off once. It then went back on perfectly. Except it requires a little more pressure than, say, my 5 key.

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bikerbob2005 (author)Bropagopa2009-02-13

I set the bosses keyboard to DAVORAK , IT dude took it for a week to fix it (no replacement available ) hears a rumor it needed a lot of new shinny parts to fix. my wide screen monitor has a setting to rotate output 90 deg but the base does not rotate ,I guess if laying on floor it would be handy.my personal favorite is on my flash drive got the ie icon but the path is to shutdown ,plug in flash delete ie icon ,drag and drop one from flash.it is my plan to teach everyone about Firefox.Also the danger of not p/w your computer when you leave it.

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bounty1012 (author)2009-01-03

Rofl, Simple yet funny... they gotta have one of the new mouses though...

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Madrias357 (author)bounty10122009-03-23

Take the ball out of the old ones.

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inchman (author)Madrias3572010-01-06

Actually, we used to take the ball out, place a piece of paper or tissue in there and put it back together. 

If you flipped it upside down, it looked normal.  But when you try to roll the ball, it wouldn't work.

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bassclarinet23 (author)2009-12-02

Ha ha. We did this to our science teacher last year. There's no better way to stall class than the teacher not being able to open the PowerPoint for the corresponding lesson. :)

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tiuk (author)2008-03-26

Haha, nice one. I'd do it at work, but I'm the IT guy, so I'd just be getting calls from people saying their mice don't work ;)

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toogers (author)tiuk2009-09-18

you should do it any way, and then say in response to them,"have you looked at the bottom?"

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Wafflicious (author)tiuk2009-01-13

do what grimace said except put love, (yourname) on it lol

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Capt. Kidd (author)Wafflicious2009-08-19

no put someone elses name on it

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pyromanizak (author)tiuk2008-05-14

just be like k let me hav a look then flip it over and call em a dvmb@ss

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thegrimace1234 (author)tiuk2008-03-30

Easy, just keep telling them "I've been seeing this all day, flip your mouse over and remove the post-it note. Hopefully we catch this joker." Then hang up and laugh.

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tiuk (author)thegrimace12342008-03-30

Haha, awesome idea. I might just do that ;)

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Wobbly Wombat (author)2009-07-04

As a IT Tech i have seen these and hundreds of others pulled every day at the high school I work in. But if you really want to screw up a techs day place a small piece of sticky tape over the RJ45 network cable that plugs into the wall socket. It will drive him nuts trying to figure out why he can't find the network.

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ren7624 (author)2009-04-11

lol yeah... high school days...

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Taranach (author)2009-04-10

Actually this would also work on a 'ball' type mouse if you use masking tape...

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flashcactus (author)2009-03-22

that is really easy. I've figured it out since i've got an optic mouse

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Heywasup (author)2008-11-27

DUDE IM 11 AND I HATE MY TEACHERS!!!! I THINK ILL TRY THIS ON THEM A FEW TIMES EVERY YEAR!!!! LOL THIS IS AWESOME!!!! +1

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Bright Shadow (author)Heywasup2008-11-29

DUDE I'M 13 AND I CAN TURN CAPS LOCK OFF!!!!

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COOL I CANT =(

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... ... ... OYE

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WTF DOES OYE MEAN?

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hammer9876 (author)Wafflicious2009-03-05

Oy vey. Dude! Use the dictionary. Expand your knowledge. www.dictionary.com Main Entry: oy Part of Speech: interj Definition: an exclamation of dismay or exasperation; also written oi; also called oy vay, oy vey Example: It is snowing again! Oy! Etymology: Yiddish Writing with caps off would be nice, too.

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It means... well, it means oye. Like you're annoyed, or you feel the need to facepalm yourself.

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bassclarinet23 (author)2009-03-01

I love this one!

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FunkNattidelic (author)2009-02-26

My friends and i did this to the school computer lab, except we put small paper balls into the cavity where the laser/camera is. Nobody could figure it out, it was hilarious! =P

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macca4life (author)2008-03-29

i love this prank but wot about laptops??? i have a touch pad on it

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PureBreed (author)macca4life2008-10-25

most of them u can disable by going to it in control panel, the only way to fix it after that would hook another mouse to it and go turn it back on xD

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icewolf (author)PureBreed2009-01-04

you can actually use your keyboard to enable it back.

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fwjs28 (author)macca4life2008-06-26

some newer ones have a button right by the trackpad that turns it off while typing....goto mouse properties and turn sensitivity way low or high and maybe even disable it if you can

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QwertyuioLP (author)macca4life2008-04-07

stick a black post-it note on it (stick down on all sides) oh yeah and what he said. P.S. that v thingy is meant to be an arrow | | | v

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sysadmn (author)macca4life2008-03-30

If you're running Windows, there's probably either a dedicated control panel app or a tab in the Mouse app for the Synaptics touchpad settings. You can usually disable it, but you might have more fun if you switch the buttons (left button = menu, right button = select).

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munchman (author)sysadmn2008-04-04

Just push the button above the touch pad. If they are not very computer-savvy they will not notice it.

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Argool (author)2009-01-02

This is fantastic!!! I gotta try this!

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PureBreed (author)2008-10-25

lol, this will only be for ppl who dont pay attention very welll, but scan in and make a paper version of someones mouse, and put it in the real ones place lol

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bigfootduck (author)2008-06-10

lol! nice! help me remember this for next year!

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Red Raider (author)2008-06-04

lol nice. Remind me to do this next year xD

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coolz (author)2008-05-19

I tried it and they didn't even think about looking there

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smileface77 (author)2008-03-28

Haha this is a great prank.

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