"The Unusable Computer"




A simple prank to play on someone using their computer desktop and it's features


Step 1: Control-Alt-PrintScrn

Use control-alt-printscrn to take a snapshot of the current desktop

Step 2: Paint!

Go to Paint and copy "snapshot" into Paint then save it, giving it a name that the victim won't immediately identify with the prank

Step 3: Back to Desktop

Go back to the desktop and right click on the background...when the options window comes up, click on Active Desktop then click on Show Desktop Icons...all the desktop icons will disappear...

Step 4: Desktop Continued

Click on an empty space on the toolbar and move it to the opposite side of the desktop from where it usually is, i.e. left to right, top to bottom, etc. and use the hide feature so that it can't be seen...

Step 5: Next to Last Step

Call up the snapshot of the desktop that you saved earlier and set it up as the background for the desktop...

Step 6: Finally

Walk away from your victim's computer or, better yet, call them over and ask what's wrong with the computer and show him/her that you click on the "desktop icons" and nothing happens, and nothing happens when you click on the "toolbar"...it's sort of easy to figure out what's happened after a while, but it's fun to watch them panic...



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    12 years ago

    at our school we can flip the screen by pressing ctrl, alt and an arrow key. Does this work with anyone else out there?

    6 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Works with all the computers at my old school. I went through the computer lab changing the screens upside down and when the teacher came in, he went psycho. He went round to every class in the school and asked if anyone knew anything about the upside down monitors. He didn't know how to turn them back until I sent him an email from a dud hotmail account telling him to hit control and the arrows...


    To enable monitor rotation, right click on the desktop, click on properties; select the settings tab; from there click on advanced; then chose your graphics driver name tab (like mine is Intel Extreme graphics 2). From there, click on the graphics properties button; then select the rotation tab and checkmark the enable rotation checkbox. Whoa!! One might as well write an Instructable to do this!!

    Idiot always have a paper clip to hand, with it you can pick your way out of most handcuffs in minutes, I know I've done it!

    Try to straighten the paperclip, relax and dont try to rip them over your wrists that wont work, just straighten a paper-clip, insert the tip into the keyhole and bend the tip of the clip to look like an L, about same size too, now insert it into the hole and try to wind it gently around the( O ) and hey presto you are free!

    If at first you dont succeed try, try again and relax, cuffs are held shut by a tiny ratchet inside and top right of the ( O ), if you can put enough pressure on the spring holding them shut they will open, the pin will release!

    ( O' <-- See tiny pin diagram U-------o' <--- what paper clip should look like, mini key with round o and tip bent to catch the tiny ' <--pin

    If you rush and panic it wont work, you have to relax and take your time, its very rewarding when you figure it out and you'll feel like houdine!

    I was cuffed to a lamp post once for being sick in an alley and drunk, but a fight broke out away from where I was staggering about and the cop left me handcuffed to a lamp post, I bet he was very surprised when he came back to find his cuffs swaying in the wind! He must have thought I was a ghost!

    a tiny piece of square metel will be jutting in or out of a part of the mechanism! Takes a lot of practice and patience dude, I used to put them on people, only pair I couldn't get out of was a pair of 1962 ones with a very old mechanism!


    If you can see a tiny o that is the tamper switch release, if thats been engaged you have to disable it or the ratchet wont release!


    Do that by poking the straight bit of the other end of the paper-clip in the tiny o before tackling the big ( O )


    It took me two hours my first time, and my wrists where sore when I had finished, but with patience and dedicated practice you can get a standard police issue pair of hand-cuffs off in about 3 to 5 minutes!


    Without the key which is hardly what I would call a key in the sense of the word, but if they used a yale then its a simple case of boring the pins out the locking mechanism itself, its amazing what you can find out in a life time of watching other people loose their keys!


    It's a skill set, escapology and lock picking, but if you cant pick it, you can always angle grind or plasma cut it, although not in your case, that would hurt!


    But these techniques can also be used for evil which is why I wont mention things like bolt croppers and a slim jim... :P


    Do you realize, that the person handcuffed his/her wrists way back in dcember, and you tell the person how to unlock them three months later? What do you think, the person would be waiting on his/her desk for three months before a certain ichtacaiuiti comes and tells him/her how to unlock them?!?!?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I can't seem to be able to take a snapshot... is there a specific place that it gets saved or does it prompt me when it does?