Introduction: Tick Someone Off Using Their Computer

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This will show how to make someone extemly frustrated when they cant click on the computer icons....

Step 1: Say Cheese!

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First off, what you want to do is click on your current background so no icon is selected. Then move your cursor off screen so it doesnt show as the background, and press "print screen". (For those of you who arn't to smart with computers, its to the right of the F12)

Step 2: PAINT!!

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Next, open up Paint or some other editing program and paste the image from the Print Screen (ctrl+V). Of course, this is just the basic "james bond" prank. You can always draw on the image before saving it and scare them a little. You can even select a little area (as in an icon) and paste it and paste it like crazy, but this only works if the background is solid, and not like mine...

Step 3: RaWr

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Now go to >File and click on >Set as Background (centered). You can close out of the image editing program thing you have open. Right click on the desktop and select >New>Folder. Title it something the person will recognize right away, like "NOTHING IMPORTANT" or "PORN". Move every icon into that folder except for the things that create shortcuts, like My Computer and Recycle Bin.

Step 4: END, FIN.

So since you have moved the icons into the new folder, there are fake icons that are on the background now. And if the person you are pranking thinks its something serious, since you didnt move the my computer icon, they can still click on that and try and fix the problem. Haha. Go ahead, try clicking on the fake icons. Go ahead.

Step 5: ...

I wil try and make another instructable using Powerpoint instead of basic paint. But im tired right now, so maybe later. Have fun making people mad!!


drresearch (author)2010-04-10

Works great, I tried it for fun and the effect is really realistic. I attached a screenshot of what it looks like.

shoyru_master_11 (author)2009-11-09

Fun? Not Fun? I like the killware virus!

T.E.A. (author)2008-09-04


Demonicchicken (author)T.E.A.2008-09-05

ha ha, it's supposed to be DC for demonicchicken, but that was a looooong time ago.

coolz (author)2008-04-23

you could also auto-hide the taskbar under taskbar properties

Gneekman (author)2007-10-22

There is also a Windows option that simply disables all icons on the desktop, and that would work as well or better than moving the icons. I believe it's in the Display Properties dialog? I'm on my Mac right now, but next time I boot to XP I'll try and remember to check and make another post here if you can't find it.

Joanassie (author)Gneekman2008-03-24

it's in the sort icons by submenu, uncheck it by clicking on it.

Joanassie (author)Joanassie2008-03-24

ARRANGE incons by, sorry. On a Mac.

jamesbhamilton (author)Gneekman2008-03-19

Yeah thats what i do check out my instructable, Computer Prank NO.1 should be beside here

themasterpyro (author)2007-09-21

sweet instructable what is that background? tell me! please!!!

Looks like Yosemite Valley, looking eastward from the west end

ukcuf (author)2007-11-17

Another good one is making their windows all go black and the writing huge. Simply hold down shift and alt, then press printscrn (and then release all three) then click ok/press enter. Do this on any XP machine (haven't tried it on Vista yet). Best do this while they're away from their pc not just when they're looking away, as it makes a beep noise (perfect for school or the office!). To reverse it just do the same key combination again (but they don't know that ;) ).

iq_abyss (author)ukcuf2008-03-02

LOL: It works on vista.---My dad got so pissed, it was awesome.

Demonicchicken (author)iq_abyss2008-03-05

lol, glad i could help someone piss someone off!

BroadberryKool (author)2008-02-16

nice one!!!!!!!!

Serneum (author)2007-06-27

Your cursor NEVER shows when you Prt. Scr. Try it sometime. I do it on pictures all the time with my mouse right over them and it doesnt add it in.

phya16 (author)Serneum2008-02-13

yeah but it would be even better if it did because then they wouldn't be able to move the mouse either. of course you would have to disable the mouse if it still has the little ball on the bottom or you can try clear tape on the bottom of the mouse if its a laser or wireless mouse. ive never tried. if any one knows of a way to get the mouse to show up please reply

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nf119 (author)2007-10-09

You can hide icons by doing a right click on the desktop, Arrange Icons by and Unchecking Show Desktop Icons. I do it this way if I have time but if I have to be fast, I just do Ctrl-F in paint after the screen capture and paste, of paint will come up as soon as they click but they will still experience a few seconds of worry before that.

waterman (author)nf1192008-01-25

a forest... lol :)

Luissan14 (author)2007-11-22

when i try to put it in the folder they all turn into shortcuts wat do i do

lilprankster22 (author)2007-10-13

lol what u can also do to make it more pain ful for the victim is drag the task bar down so that they cant click n the real 1 adn then they will be clicking on the background 1 instead then watch them freak out lol

waverider894 (author)2007-08-22

You can make a folder that has the recycling bin icon and put all the other icons in it.

Serneum (author)2007-06-27

Oh, and a better way would also be to select all of the icons, right click, Properties and then check Hidden. Hit ok, and theyre Icons will be hidden.

Oh and even better, right click on the bar on the bottom (with the start button) and make sure Lock The Taskbar is not checked. If it is, uncheck it. After that, you can hide the task bar by dragging it down to the bottom, and then they will see the one they had when you took the screenshot, but wont be able to use it.

Other than that, awesome idea, I've never thought of using this to mess with anyone

liMePod (author)2007-05-18

funnier: delete one shortcut. Before you do, though, right click -> properties. write down the text in "target" right click -> new -> shortcut. in the box that pops up, type shutdown -s -t 30 {or how long you want the message to be displayed} -c "trojan virus. die." {<- or whatever you want in the quotes} click next. in the name field, type the name of the icon that you deleted. PAY ATTENTION TO SPELLING/CAPS! right click the new shortcut-> properties. click chage icon. go to where the original icon pointed to.including the .exe. there should be an icon the same as the one on the deleted shortcut. set it as the icon. repeat with all the icons on the desktop. if you're feeling really malicious, empty the recycle bin. now whenever the victim clicks one of the icons, a message will display saying "trojan Virus. Die." or something, wait for 30s, then shuts down the computer. to abort, go to Start -> run type 'shutdown -a' (no quotes) original idea from a youtube video called "fake trojan virus" or something.

Ursell (author)2007-04-24

There is any easier way...when you get the pic as the backround then right click and go to arange icons by and uncheck "show icons" then nothing is on the desk top

Wetwillie1800 (author)2007-04-10

you mean "To the RIGHT of the f12"?

haha, oops.

crestind (author)2007-04-03

Amusing :P And is that Yosemite National Park as your background? (I'm pretty sure it is)

Demonicchicken (author)crestind2007-04-03

i dont know, i think so. Its not really my computer, its my parents, but im on it enough for it to be mine :P makes things more fun when pulling pranks though..

Demonicchicken (author)crestind2007-04-06

hm. i guess so. we went there a long time ago, but i dont remember this picture. good researching though, lol

karen608 (author)2007-04-04

Well for a real fast easy April fool's joke, just put a small post it note under the mouse's sensor and have written on it :april fool's!..... how long will it take them to look under their mouse? Doesn't take much time to do this.

Sgt.Waffles (author)2007-04-03

My personal favorite is switching the "M" and "N" keys for those who cant touch type.

not a toad (author)2007-04-03

also enjoyable, add an emberrasing folder to their desktop before you take the screenshot (shemale vids is always good). you can even reactivate the start menu and icons, and they will still have this folder that they can't click on or delete. make sure to save in png or bmp, as jpeg and gif leave compression artifacts and the victim will notice their desktop is a screenshot

lemonie (author)2007-04-03

Simple but effective. For people who aren't smarter than a rock see also: Unplug mouse / keyboard Swap keys on the board (pull off and rearrange) Reverse mouse buttons Make mouse tracking and double click speeds very slow / fast

theRIAA (author)2007-04-03

anyone smarter than a rock would just use the start menu, and... "show desktop items"?

Ravey Dave (author)2007-04-03
Anyone smarter than a rock would not confuse their left and rights

For those of you who arn&apos;t to smart with computers, its to the left of the F12

Only joking, just pointing it out

Nice idea, I did this once but inverted all the colours on the screen just to scare them.

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