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3 Fun Pranks You Can Do With Google Apps

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Happy Friday! Today’s tutorial will be on the light-hearted side. We’ll show you how to have some fun with Google Apps. These three pranks are perfect for having a little fun with your friends.

1. Change Your Sender Name to Something Silly in Gmail

Change sender name in Gmail

  • In Gmail, select the gear icon > Settings > Accounts.
  • Find the “Send mail as” section.
  • Head to the edit info link and add the new sender name that you’d like to use in the box below your current name, and then click “Save Changes.”

2. Reverse Text in Google Sheets

Want to make your text in Sheets… Google Sheets normal text

…reversed like this?

Google Sheets reversed text

 * Reverses the input text.
 * @param {string} input The text to reverse.
 * @return The input text reversed.
 * @customfunction
function REVERSE(string) {
  if (typeof string != 'string') {
    return null;
  return string.split('').reverse().join('');
  • Now you’ve created a reverse function in Sheets. So if cell A1 contains the text you’d like to reverse, type =reverse(A1). The resulting text will be the exact reverse of your original text. 

3. Automatically Replace Words in Google Docs

You can replace words automatically in Google Docs with words of your own choosing. Essentially, you’re going to change the built-in auto-correct, so that you can have some fun with your friends.

Automatically change words

  • In Docs, go to Tools > Preferences.
  • Now, choose a few words that your friend might use on a regular basis. For example, you could enter “sales” and have it be replaced with “lizard people,” and you could enter “video” and have it change to “blueberries.”
  • Now, when someone goes and writes a sentence that would normally contain those words, they end up with some very unusual results!

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