Cool Computer Desktop Prank: Changing Icons

Introduction: Cool Computer Desktop Prank: Changing Icons

This instructable will show you how to make a cool desktop prank on on of your friends.

this is my first instrctable so it might not be as good as others.

Step 1: What You'll Need

this is a very easy prank so all you'll need is:
-a computer
-a victi... a friend
-a program called "windows gif animator
-and MS paint, or other similar program

Step 2: Step 1 Getting the Picture

get on your friends computer, or on yours and get a similar desktop background.

then click on the "prt scr" button on your keyboard (try not to include your mouse and the task bar, and side bar if you have vista, in the picture)

go to Microsoft paint and paste the picture into it and save it as a gif. file

then move the desktop icons around "prt scr" again paste it into a different paint file and save it as a gif.

continue until desired amount of pictures

(The prt scr picture is not mine its from

Step 3: Step 2 Editing the Gif

when you are done open up windows gif animator

open your first picture

then insert the others

change the animation to repeat for ever

then the time of each frame

Step 4: Final Step

right click on your victi... friends desktop when he or she's not around change the desktop background and click hide icons.

then if you can, hide the recycle bin.

have fun :P happy April fools day 2009

Step 5: Notes

for some reason gifs don't work in vista, or at lest i can't get it to work.

if you know how to fix this problem please post a reply

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    13 years ago on Introduction

    hey ive done this before and i found it hilarious when my friend kept opening internet explorer instead of itunes but also i found another one where it puts something to a website so that when you go there it redirects you to a different site for like 5 minutes which is great fun too


    12 years ago on Step 2

    where did u get background picture


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 2

    wow... i have no idea where the picture is on my computer... all i have are these edited images... i tired google, under similar images and couldn't find any. i thing though, i did find it originally under "atom, subatomic, fractal" images on google. sorry i couldn't be of any help... i'll keep looking though


    12 years ago on Step 3

    You could also use G.I.M.P. with the GAP (GIMP Animation Package) for the animating.


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 3

    thanks, i'll try it out


    12 years ago on Introduction

     one of the icons is the halo icon on the example of the finished desktop at the intro.