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April's fool - Frozen desktop

Post by jono5419 on Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:43 am

This is a very simple joke you can make to your friends or colleagues.

They will find their desktop completely frozen, except for the mouse.
The victim will be unable to click on any icon or on the taskbar.

I believe this is doable on Mac and Linux systems as well, but this example is based on Windows systems.

What do you need is just your victim's PC and any image editor (Windows Paint is enough).

Oh, yes, you need also to keep an eye to the victim, before making things worse (see last steps).

Step 1Distraction
First of all, you need to find a way to let your victim leaving his desk (e.g.: coffee/cigarette break, toilette, etc.).

Step 2Take a shot
Now that you have the control of your victim's PC (hoping he's one of them that doesn't lock their PC each time he leave the desk), if you can, close all applications, or at least, minimize them, in order to see the whole desktop, then press PRT SCR key on the keyboard (take a screen shot, in a nutshell).

Your victim's desktop is now in the clipboard and you need to save it as an image. To do that:

1. Open Windows Paint (or any image editor). If you don't know where is it, just click START and select RUN, then type "mspaint" and press enter (I think is some version of Windows, you should type just "paint").
2. Once Paint is open, just press CTRL-V (or click Edit->Paste) to paste the screen shot.
3. Save the image (File->Save) as bitmap (bmp).

Step 3Background
The image you just saved, needs to be set as a background of the desktop.

1. Right click on the desktop
2. Select properties
3. Open "Desktop" tab
4. Memorize the current image (to rollback the joke Wink
5. Click "Browse"
6. Locate the just saved image
7. Select this image

Of course, you will notice nothing, unless you move some icon

step 4Hiding all
Now, we need to hide all icons and the taskbar.

To do that:

1. right-click again on the desktop, select "Arrange icons by" and then uncheck "Show desktop icons"
2. if the taskbar is locked, we need to unlock it: right click on an empty spot of the task bar and uncheck "Lock the taskbar"
3. On the unlocked taskbar, sizing handles are visible: move the mouse pointer to the thin bar that appears along the top strip of the taskbar, until the mouse pointer turns to a two-headed arrow.
4. Hold down the left mouse button and drag that top edge down until the taskbar disappear.

step 5Conclusions, rollback, improvements and advices
The joke is done.

If you try to excercise a bit by yourselves, you will be able to do everything in less than a minute avoiding to get busted Wink

Rolling back:

To roll back, just review all the steps, restoring the right background, enabling all the icons and resizing the taskbar (sizing handles are still visibile and availables at the very bottom of the screen).


1. you could enable taskbar autohiding to a better result (depending how much clever could be your victim)
2. you could keep open some windows before taking the screen-shot


1. be sure to know how to roll back, to avoid troubles (especially if you plans to do that at work)
2. if you plan to do that at work, be sure to find the right target: some stupid people could go straight to IT dept., bosses, etc :S


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Re: April's fool - Frozen desktop

Post by Yipe on Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:38 pm

That Is AWSOME!!!!
Yeah 10/10!
Giood on ya star wars santa

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