April Fools’ Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means there will be less opportunity to carry out the classic office pranks on your colleagues.
However, this simply means there are more chances to catch people out from home.
If you are planning to spend Saturday morning in bed, here are some of the best text pranks you can carry out without having to put any physical effort in.
And for those who are on the weekend shift – here are the best office pranks you can start preparing for now.
If you’re at home
Send a suspicious text to someone, then tell them to ignore it
Text someone entirely in song lyrics
Buy some fake piercings and send photos to your friends and family
Become a facts bot
…Just hope the joke doesn’t backfire
If you’re in the office
Make a colleague’s computer shut down whenever they click an icon
After pulling this prank, your colleague will have their computer shut down whenever they try to click a commonly used program.
To do it, go to their most-used desktop icon, right-click on it, and select ‘edit properties’.
Then go to ‘shortcut’ and change the target to ‘%windir%system32shutdown.exe -r -t 00’.
Get a bluetooth mouse
Install a bluetooth mouse on a colleague’s computer – then leave the mouse itself in a drawer next to you.
Whenever they’re at their desk, open the drawer – the mouse will move around, making your colleague’s cursor look like it’s flying around the screen for no reason.
Repeat until the rage becomes too much.
Install a hidden speaker
Install a bluetooth speaker under your colleague’s chair and connect it to your phone.
Load up some sound effects – air horns, sirens, whatever you fancy – and make sure you hit ‘play’ whenever they sit down…
‘Crack’ your colleague’s computer screen
Don’t actually do this – just download an image of a cracked screen, and set it as a screensaver.
Make sure it becomes active after 30 seconds or so of inactivity, so that when they come back after a break, they believe their computer is busted.
Record an annoying noise on a dictaphone
Make a long recording of something infuriating on a dictaphone – whistling, clicking, beeping or whirring, for example.
Then hide the dictaphone somewhere, press ‘play’, and watch the chaos unfold.