Office pranks are the best pranks.

Prank your coworkers by making all their copies come out with a paperclip placed on them. By replacing the paper try blanks with doctored paper that has paperclips already printed on them, your coworkers could have a mini meltdown looking for a paperclip on the copier tray that just isn't there.

This harmless prank is sure to frustrate your coworkers, and provide you with a few giggles. The best part about this prank is that it can easily be reset, ready to prank the next coworker!

Step 1: Place Paperclip

place a paperclip on the glass of the photocopier. Most copiers need something on the bed in order to make a copy, place a piece of office paper over the paperclip.

Step 2: Make a Copy

Make a few copies, you should now have a white sheet of paper with a paperclip on it.

Step 3: Find 'up' in Your Printer Tray

Before you can place the paperclip paper back in the copier you'll need to determine which side to have your prank paper face. Some copiers flip the paper around when it gets fed through the machine, so it's important to know which face will be printed on.

I opened the feeder tray and put a mark on the top sheet, then closed the tray and ran a blank copy. After examining the result I determined that my copier printed with the feeder tray facing upwards. I loaded in my prank paperclip paper then set the printer to only feed from the prank paper tray.

Step 4: Frustration Ensues!

When your coworker makes a copy the output will have a paperclip somewhere on it. In bewilderment they will open the machine to find the paperclip they think they left on the copier bed.

Sit back and giggle to yourself as your coworker looses their mind when making copies. They may eventually find the paperclip in the feeder tray, but not before searching for a paperclip on the photocopier that's not there.

Happy pranksgiving!

<p>Instead of a paper clip, try this.</p><p>Write &quot;HELP I'M TRAPPED IN THE COPIER!&quot;, Write it with a Sharpie and write it backwards. Make copies and intermingle copies with the supply of copy paper. </p>
<p>YES YES YES!</p>
<p>You've set me chuckling!</p>
<p>I love practical jokes, and for a practical joke to be funny, it must be both practical AND a joke. If it causes a loss of life, limb, eyesight, property, or marriage, it isn't very practical. This one has inspired me to go to work on Monday and to print about a half dozen paper clip pages and distribute them through the ream and a half of paper that our printer/copier/fax holds in our office. This way, they'll be random and unpredictable. I can only imagine the stream of engineers that would be sent in to observe our printer/copier/fax machine to try to determine what is causing this problem in order to provide a solution. Engineers, awesome guys!!!</p>
<p>really nice prank, good reason to wast some other paper... a thing the world needs right NOW! :-)</p><p>If one only thinks how much paper is wasted in offices worldwide in useless copies possibly never read... how much energy and chemicals are needed to make it a decent white, the energy to actually make it and... finally the energy required to print, the worldwide business around it.... whoa!</p><p>Are there still trees to cut out there?</p>
<p>Wow can anyone remember that it is april 1st and we to have fun and not dump on the day or person,comment in a way where you are superior to all or try to make others feel guilty from your own personal views,grow up a be an adult and act like a kid once in a while you will find it rewarding</p>
<p>Exactly. </p>
<p>I don't get why everyone takes this so seriously. Reprinting documents is NOT a big deal.</p>
<p>I'd just draw a paperclip in the copier's bed with a thin dark marker. The glass is pretty dark, the drawing would be pretty hard to spot, IMO. And it doesn't waste energy and cartridge life.</p>
Even better, put a normal paper clip in the printer somewhere for them to find so the print even more paper clip copies :)
<p>Craziest thing I ever saw. A month ago I set this prank up by putting 10 of these sheets in the middle of a paper stack in the tray of a not-often used photocopier, in my office. I actually forgot about it. Today, April 1st, of all days, someone finally got one of the paper clip sheets. Great comradery building confusion and laughs followed.</p>
<p>Or better yet... Leave a paperclip on the copier glass as well. They will remove it and then wonder why it still showed up. Nice.</p>
<p>Great prank - ignore the moaners, the tree loss to this prank is going to be pretty trivial.</p>
<p>Moan moan moan, some people!, great prank, like it!</p>
<p>instead of paper clip ... substitute squashed bug , or worm or money .... or competitors logo or something really embarrassing... intersperse the doctored sheets so they are really hard to find</p>
<p>adding really tiny &quot;aprils fools&quot; text would be good </p>
<p>When worked in the computer lab in college, I put a sign on the copiers explaining that they were using a new upgraded voice-command module. I found the initial idea online, and revised it to look a bit more official. Smartphones with voice commands were just coming around so it wasn't too believable, though we did bait a few folks. Nowadays, I am sure there would be more victims.</p>
<p>Love it. You should make an instructable! hehe</p>
How's the report extra boring if it concerns beers?
<p>I just sacked some idiot for doing that. Ended up costing me a lot of money/ lucrative contract and four other people their jobs as i could no longer afford to employ them...</p>
<p>I love the pic of the frustrated employee. :^)</p>
<p>I just sacked some idiot for doing that. Ended up costing me a lot of money/ lucrative contract and four other people their jobs as i could no longer afford to employ them...</p>
I love it! I think I'll try this with coins too.
<p>Try a $20 or $100 bill. They'll go nuts trying to find that free money.</p>
<p>Try photocopying money - there are some units that can identify it and will refuse to copy.</p><p>In case that gave some nefarious-minded individual an idea, be aware that many (all?) colour copiers also embed an identifier on their output somewhere, so even if they did copy money then the output can be tracked back to the source machine.</p>
<p>Better yet, interleave the paperclip sheets with non-paperclip sheets. Someone clever may open the paper tray after something they printed has a paper clip, so having the next sheet not be paperclippy will confuse them even more :D</p>
<p>How about inserting these sheets randomly in the paper tray so it doesn't &quot;print&quot; out with every sheet? :D</p>
<p>Simple and *brilliant*! I've worked in so many places where this would have worked over the years. *sighs for missed opportunities (...but not for living with the offices that would have provided them! ;)</p>
<p>Another variation of this to use for printers, print out some pages with watermark text (DRAFT, CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET, etc...) and reinsert them into printer. Rather than looking for a physical object in the copier, they have to dig through computer settings in Word (or whatever program they are using) or their printer settings...</p>
<p>I meant to say, they'll think they need to dig through computer settings - and will be pulling out their hair when they can't fix it...</p>
<p>I love that! </p>
<p>Ooh, that is super evil. I'll have to try that one next time.</p>
<p>I used to do this years and years ago, usually with a pen. I'd make about 40 or so copies of it, stick the pen-imaged paper back in the middle of a package of blank paper, and voila, time-bomb prank. I heard later on (after I was long gone) that some office manager called in a repair person to try and find the pen that had somehow been lodged inside the machine. lollll </p>
Brilliant, I look forward to trying this.
<p>Good idea. I like the material of your extra boring report too!</p>
This is so funny:) I was laughing just reading this ible. I wish I too worked in an office, just like NetWt4Lbs said.
<p>I remember doing one like this with punched paper before copiers could do everthing. I loaded some punched paper in the copier and made some copies in front of the target subject and then announced that I had copied the holes too. This was tested by others only to find it did not work. So I went back to the copier and showed the that it did, there were the holes again. Same principal as this ible.</p>
Hahah I love this idea :)<br>I wish I worked in an office
<p>Simple and effective !!</p><p>Still most of my co-workers can't even print on theyr own! they download US-letter document and try to print'em on A4 without converting them... :-/</p>
I like your evil mind!
To extend the fun....leave a paper clip off to the side of the normally used section. <br><br>Then when they search they will find the paper clip and try again....only to be had a second time!
<p>Yay for pranks and alliteration! </p>

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