How to annoy your coworkers with some computing tricks

I will put here a list of jokes that we can do to our coworkers, friends or family.

Rotate the screen

Most often, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + Arrow Direction to do it, but you can also use the graphic menu.

What you need

Procedure

Windows 10 Desktop right click menu Windows 10 Display settings menu Windows 10 Display settings menu Windows 10 Keep these display settings menu

Locked Desktop

Here we will take a full picture of the Desktop target, then use it as background picture. This way user won't be able to open its shortcuts.

What you need

Procedure

Windows 10 Run SnippingTool Windows SnippingTool Full-Screen Snip mode Windows SnippingTool Save button Windows 10 Desktop select shortcut icons Windows 10 taskbar settings menu Windows 10 taskbar menu Windows 10 Personalize menu Windows 10 Background menu

Slow mouse

We will slow down the mouse cursor speed.

What you need

Procedure

Windows 10 Run main.cpl Windows 10 Background menu

Change display language

What better way to annoy a user than to change the display language?

What you need

Procedure

Windows 10 Run Open Settings Menu Windows 10 Settings main menu Windows 10 Language menu Windows 10 Prefered languages menu Windows 10 Choose a language to install Windows 10 Install languages features Windows 10 Prefered languages Windows needs to sign you out in order to fully apply the new language. Windows 10 Settings japanese version

Change keyboard layout

We can change the keyboard layout from English QWERTY to French AZERTY for example.

What you need

Procedure

Windows 10 Run ms-settings:keyboard Windows 10 Run ms-settings:keyboard

Permute screens

Easy, you just have to swap the video connectors of your target.

What you need

Crazy Network

Here the computer won't be able to access netwok and the cable won't be reported as disconnected.

What you need

Procedure

Power on the switch and plug the targeted ethernet cable only.

Crazy Mouse

To make an optical mouse hard to work with you can put a piece (clear one) of scotch tape over the bottom of the mouse.

What you need

Procedure

Just put the scotch tape over the bottom of the mouse.

Alternative

Plug the mouse to another computer, the light will be on but the muse won't repond.

Fake DNS

You can prevent computers to access to specific websites by editing the hosts file.

What you need

Procedure

Windows

0.0.0.0 www.google.com
0.0.0.0 google.com

Unix

0.0.0.0 www.google.com
0.0.0.0 google.com

Auto Start

You can automatically start a program at user logon.

What you need

Procedure

Add startup programs here C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp or here C:\Users\USER_PROFILE\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

Windows 10 run shell:startup Windows 10 run shell:startup common
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