Introduction: Non-responsive Computer Prank

Picture of Non-responsive Computer Prank

This is a really easy and safe prank to play on anyone who is not too computer savvy. It is a lot of fun. I tend to do it to people who leave their laptops unattended.

I have also done it to phones, that takes a little more time, but still fun!

Enjoy!

Step 1: Create a Screen Capture of the Current Screen and Save.

Picture of Create a Screen Capture of the Current Screen and Save.

Close any open programs or browsers, if you wish. Place the mouse/cursor pointer off the screen. Press the the print screen button on keyboard. Now, open a paint or a photo program and select paste. It will create an image of the current screen. Save it as a Jpeg on desktop.

For a phone- Do a screen capture of the main screen.

Step 2: Create a Folder and Place All Desktop Icons

Picture of Create a Folder and Place All Desktop Icons

I created a folder named stuff on the desktop. But name it something that will stand out , so you can find it easier once moved. Drag all the desktop icons into the folder. If they are locked, use the desktop properties to unlock them and then proceed to place them in the folder.

For a phone- Create a folder, drag all apps and widgets into it.

Step 3: Hide Folder on Computer

Picture of Hide Folder on Computer

Go to the task bar and find Documents or my computer. Cut and paste the folder with desktop contents into this area.

For a phone- Move it to SD card, photos, or the farthest the main screen will scroll.

Step 4: Move and Hide the Taskbar

Picture of Move and Hide the Taskbar

Drag the taskbar to the side or the top. If it is locked, right click to unlock it. Right click the Properties on the taskbar and select Auto Hide.

For a phone- skip this step.

Step 5: Set Screen Capture Picture As New Background

Picture of Set Screen Capture Picture As New Background

Using the taskbar, go the the screen capture you made of the main screen in step 1. Right click and set it as desktop background.

For a phone- Find the phone gallery and place screen capture as the main screen background.

Step 6: Sit Back and Enjoy the Fun!

Picture of Sit Back and Enjoy the Fun!

That's it! Once at the computer, the user will be perplexed that nothing is responding to the mouse/cursor. Even if they reboot, it is still set the same!! So much fun! Watch the sparks fly!

At some point you can jump in, set the task bar back, place the folder on the desktop, and use the prank background as a guide to place the icons. Then, set back the original background.

Some people end up cleaning up their desktops because of this and end up discarding unused icons. So, really it's not that awful.

Enjoy!

Comments

theegghead (author)2015-03-25

Great!

YokoAUT (author)2015-03-25

Good old trick but there is another version to hide the icons.

  1. Right click the desktop.
  2. Select View and then Show desktop icons.
  3. Make sure the option is unchecked.
pizzidave (author)YokoAUT2015-03-25

Oh wow!

About This Instructable

860views

8favorites

License:

Bio: I enjoy making things. My making them is usually based on necessity, the fact that it doesn't exist, and/or buying it pre-done would ... More »
More by pizzidave:Easy Family / Group Advent CalendarFlamingo SantaEasy Decomposed Skeleton Decor
Add instructable to: