is a function (specifically in Windows
) that seems to be a running prank
on newbie computer users in general. Although its usage is prevalent
in just about any location, (the workplace
, home, even friend's houses
), its popularity seems to stay pretty constant on IRC
. The gag usually goes something along the lines of:
: Hey. How do I get into #movies4free? It says 'this channel is restricted' when I try to join and I can't get in.
: Oooh. You want into the movies
room. Hm. You have to know the secret code, my friend.
: PleezPleezPLEEZ tell me. Pleez.
: .. aah, ok. you see that button "Alt" at the bottom of your keyboard? The one near the spacebar?"
: (excited): Yeah!
: K. Hold that down. Then, press the F4 key. That'll unlock the hidden menu on mIRC
, and then you can get in there.
: Hey, thanks man. I really appreciate you helping me. Lemme try that real quick.
*** NewIRC'er quits (Client closed connection)
: hehe. Gets em every time. *grin*
In short, Alt-F4 closes the active program/window. Therefore, say you were on IRC, and it was your active (in-use) window. Press Alt-F4, and... wham: you've closed the program. People fall for it more often than you'd think. =\