It is the most boring day ever that you have nothing to do. You should go to nearest Apple Store and do these cool pranks.
Some of the pranks have not been tested yet. We cannot guarantee you will be successful in doing these inside Apple Store. However, these pranks will work well for your friends’ Mac.
Pry for Mac farthest from staffs. Firstly, print the whole screen of the Mac, but you should hide all of their opened applications first.
Hide everything from their Desktop, all their files, which is cluttered everywhere on the Desktop, including the Dock. Trash can will be a good place.
Now, you change their Desktop background with the snapshot that you’ve just taken. Don’t forget to attach kernel panic image and make the snapshot a little bit dimmer to make them really believe that their Mac crashes. Unplug their mouse and add a small image of Spinning Beachball of Death for better result.
Ultra Magnification Dock
Open Terminal which is located inside Macintosh HD ▸ Applications ▸ Utilities ▸ Terminal. And then..
defaults write com.apple.Dock largesize -int 512 killall Dock
Perform command lines above. This will give them ultra magnification for their Dock icon. Now let’s see who can laugh till the end.
Blown Up Display
Hit keyboard shortcuts Command-Control-Option-8 and you will see their display color is inverted.
Go to System Preferences ▸ Universal Access and click on the
Seeing tab. You will see the header
Display. Nearby, there are checkbox labelled
Use grayscale, which you should enable it, and a
Enhance contrast slider, that should be adjusted to Maximum. By this time, their display should have been successfully blown up.
It seems their staffs are smart enough to realize what’s wrong with the Mac. Therefore, change their modifier keys function: Command, Option, and Control to Caps Lock. Their function can be changed inside System Preferences ▸ Keyboard & Mouse, under
Keyboard tab and click on the
Modifier Keys button.
Open the CDs & DVDs Preference Pane, which can be navigated through System Preferences ▸ CDs & DVDs.
Inside, you will see an option box labelled
When you insert a music CD. Don’t be hesitate, quickly assign annoying script, such as
DownloadWeatherMap.scpt to turn the Mac into weather mania. Scripts can be found inside Macintosh HD ▸ Library ▸ Scripts.
So, whenever music CD is inserted, a weather map will be downloaded. Cool, eh?
Voice of Terror
If you find out that the Apple Store is way too quiet, give them a little noisy prank. Go to System Preferences ▸ Universal Access.
Seeing tab. You will see really big header called VoiceOver, turn it on. Keyboard shortcuts Command-F5 also can be used to perform this mission.
The initial voice is still not satisfying. Click on
Open VoiceOver Utility button. Inside, select
Speech sidebar and change the
Default Voice to
Deranged, Rate:5, Pitch:10, and Volume:100 to get a low pitch trembling voice.
However, if their staffs are smart enough, the VoiceOver will be easily turned off with keystrokes Command-F5. Don’t let that happens, go to System Preferences ▸ Keyboard & Mouse. Click the
Modifier Keys button under the
Keyboard, change the function of Command key to Caps Lock. With this, you have been successfully block their backdoor for at least three minutes. For better result, turn off the lights (haunted Mac?).
Double-buttoned mouse Mac will become the prey for this one.
Open Space Preferences Pane that can be found inside System Preferences. Look for it in System Preferences ▸ Expose & Spaces. Then click on the
Spaces tab. Now, see the column at the bottom of the pane. You should see the first row and the right column is not activated at the moment (-). Click on it and choose
Secondary Mouse Button. Now, whenever the mouse is being right-clicked, Spaces will appear.
HOwever, right click is rarely used in Mac. Don’t worry about this. Go to System Preferences ▸ Keyboard & Mouse. Change the
Primary mouse button to Right. The mouse secondary button will become left-click! Here you go, every left-click on mouse brings it to space.
Still inside Mouse Preference Pane, adjust the tracking speed to its maximum. Congratulation, you’ve produced a wild mouse. It’s very challenging to revert it back, maybe you should try this one sometimes.
This time, we will modify the keyboard behavior. Firstly, you should go under
Input Menu tab which is located under System Preferences ▸ International.
If the Mac is currently using U.S. keyboard, change it to Dvorak and the other way around. Don’t forget to disable the checkbox labelled
Show input menu in menu bar. This will make the staffs scratch their itch to find out what’s wrong with the Mac keyboard.
Go to System Preferences ▸ Desktop & Screen Saver and then click on the Screen Saver tab.
On the lower corner of the pane, you can see a slider labelled
Start screen saver, adjust it to minimum so that every 3 minutes of idle, the Mac will start screen saver.
It’s not done yet, go to their Security Preference Pane, which is under System Preference ▸ Security, and click on the
General tab. Tick the first check box
Require password to wake up.... All set and hope that the staffs forget the Mac login password.
If three minutes is too long of a wait, go to System Preferences ▸ Energy Saver. Move both of the sliders to the minimum of 1 minute. Every 1 minute of idle, the Mac will fall asleep. Proud of you, you’ve successfully created Mac the Sleeping Beauty.
The fact is that, there isn’t any single staff know about Sticky Keys out of a hundred of them. So, we can make use of it.
Go to System Preferences ▸ Universal Access and under
Turn on the Sticky Keys function. Remember to turn off the
Toggle Sticky Keys, which is the shift 5 times keyboard shortcut. Now, whenever the modifier keys are pressed, the Mac will give a beep and a large modifier key icon will appear on the desktop. I hope the staffs can successfully adopt to their new beeping Mac.
This time, we will make their font becomes very ugly. First of all, go inside System Preferences ▸ Appearance.
Look at the bottom of the pane, you will be given option box for font size. Change it to 12, which will affect all the fonts that are smaller or equal to 12. Even though you cannot apply this for larger size, it’s still worth it because you make them busy enough to find out the way to revert back. This all thanks to Appearance Preferences.
This prank will be a very powerful weapon against Spotlight addict.
For the beginning, you should go inside Spotlight Preference Pane. This can be achieved by following path : System Preferences ▸ Spotlight. Then inside this pane, disable all categories that will appear in Spotlight search results. Finally, the Spotlight will only return word definition for every search performed. Sweet.