An April Fools’ Day prank sure to liven up the workplace

This guy is doing something a little more sophisticated at the Miami Hackathon held earlier this year... (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) This guy is doing something a little more sophisticated at the Miami Hackathon held earlier this year… (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

April Fools’ Day is imminent, so here’s a prank sure to bring levity and/or shame to any workplace. We especially encourage elected officials and their staffers to try it. (Disclaimer: Firings resulting from said prank are not the fault of Express or its parent company.)

1. Open Microsoft Word on a colleague’s computer.

2. Tell the program to swap a commonly used word for a similar-looking, funnier one. For example, replace “fiscal” with “fecal,” and many boring phrases, such as fiscal year, fiscal policy and fiscal cliff, become much more interesting. Here’s how:

2a. On a Mac, select “AutoCorrect” from the “Tools” menu. On a PC, go to the “File” menu and choose “Options,” then “Proofing,” then “AutoCorrect.”

2b. Type “fiscal” under “Replace” and “fecal” under “With.”

2c. Click “Add,” then “OK.”

3. Write a test sentence to verify it worked.

4. Giggle.

Pro Tip: Pry your co-worker from his desk by sending him an Outlook invite to a fake meeting in a far-away conference room.

Sadie Dingfelder is a features writer for the Washington Post Express.
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