Funny Computer Tricks

Personal computer users get to see a number of funny computer behaviors during their usage of their PCs. Plenty of jokes and cartoons have been made out of these PC screen dumps and strange situations.

Here are some of those funny computer tricks on Microsoft Windows that not only make a good share but also can be used as funny computer pranks on your friends. Please note that these are not the so-called Easter eggs in applications but most of them actual features or expected behavior (except the first one which is more of a prank)

1. Desktop Wallpaper Prank

Take a screen shot of your desktop using the PrtSc key and then open MsPaint, paste the image and save it on a known location. Now set this image as your your desktop wallpaper using the ‘Personalize’ option by right clicking on the desktop

Now delete some of those icons from the desktop but still it wouldn’t appear to go. You can easily confuse your friends with such a desktop wallpaper on a shared computer.

(You can distinguish the actual icons with the image by drag-selecting the desktop items with your mouse. Only real icons would get highlighted and selected in this case)

2. Invalid Folder

Open Windows File Explorer and try to create a folder by name ‘prn’. It will throw the following message. PRN, CON etc are reserve keywords for the operating system and you cannot create file names with these names.

windows explorer error

3. Folder Without A Name

From Windows Run menu -> type ‘charmap’ and press enter to launch the Character Map application.

Switch to system font in character map.

Double click on the ‘Empty’ letter in the sixth row (around in the middle as marked in the picture). Select the invisible string in the edit box (by drag selecting) and click ‘Copy’

windows character map

Go to ‘Windows Explorer’, create a new folder. To create a name for this folder, simply paste the empty string just copied using a Paste operation or by pressing (Ctrl+V) and press Enter. You have an empty named folder now.

You can have folder names with many funny characters too from that character map list (e.g. A folder name like ‘½’ or ‘~’ is very much possible)

4. Microsoft Word (2007 or 2010) fun

Open Microsoft Word and type in the following text and see the fun:

= rand.old()

It will dump the following text (3 times)

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

5. Firefox robot

In your Firefox browser address bar, type the following and hit ‘Enter’
about:robots

Did you like the robot stuff that you get to see there?

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