Well it's that time of year when everyone is happy because Christmas is coming. That's all great, but how can you use that to your advantage? Personally, I like to think it makes it easier to pull some practical jokes that would normally be frowned upon, but because it's a season of cheer, I can get away with a little more.
Here is one of my favorite tricks to pull. The "auto-correct modification".
- Access a co-worker's computer.
- Open Microsoft Word (sorry mac users - I don't know if it works on mac)
- On the menu, click ->tools ->auto correct options
- Under the AutoCorrect tab, make sure the "Replace text as you type" box is checked. (Most computers have this already checked) AutoCorrect is the thing that causes a typing mistake like "acn" to automatically change to "can". It's a great function for lazy / sloppy typers like me. But, it's also what allows you to have a lot of fun at another's expense.
- In the box under "Replace" type in a word that this person will commonly use when typing a document, such as their name.
- In the box under "With" type the punchline. I like to go with adding a descriptive to their name, like "Matt a.k.a. the laziest dork in the office"
- Click "Okay"
- Walk away from their desk quietly and wait.
The next time the person sits down at their desk to type a memo or letter, when they type their name, Microsoft's auto-correct function will change their name which they correctly typed, to whatever you enter in.
Matt the big fat loser
I tend to be impatient, so I make several modifications. Common words are the best. In a church setting, love, God and Bible are perfect. In a business setting perhaps estimate, profit or the company's name work great. The idea is to 1 - frustrate the person when they can't fix the error and the error mildly insults them. 2 - to have the document go out with the "typos" in it and the person doesn't realize it making them look foolish in a meeting or presentation.
Always remember be safe when pulling a prank. While Christmas cheer may give you a little more leniency, don't light a fire you can't put out. It's all fun and games until someone pokes an eye out and you get demoted to shredding paper in the basement because your co-worker's memo called the team leader to an arrogant jerk with no sense of humor.