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MS Office Easter Eggs

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  1. covert215

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    Microsoft has a long history of inserting weird stuff into their programs. In an old version of Word, watching the credits would lead to a pinball minigame. In a VERY old version, you could access a distorted picture of a conference room full of the developers. The title of the window was something related to hell...can't remember what.

    In Windows 95, on the desktop, right click on the desktop and select new folder. Name the folder "and now, the moment you've all been waiting for" and press enter. Right click on the folder again and type "we proudly present for your viewing pleasure" and press enter. Right click on the folder again and rename it to "The Microsoft Windows 95 Product Team!" and press enter open the folder to see the Easter egg. There is also a random volcano pictures screensaver if you make your screensaver 3-D text with the word volcano.

    In the newest version of Word, there are 2 notable ones. Press the keys "Ctrl" + "Alt" + "+" (numpad) and your cursor becomes the Cmd key on Macs. If you type =rand(99,200) and press enter...I won't ruin the surprise.

    Please continue to add your own easter eggs, for Office or for Windows.

    [edit] Screenshot for Pinball can be found here
     
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    There are, supposedly, no easter eggs in current Microsoft software (and certainly none that I know about) - one reason being they have had to commit to there being no undocumented features in order to gain acceptance for US government use.

    Ctrl+Alt+(Num+) is a shortcut for Keyboard Shortcut Customization and the (admittedly somewhat odd) cursor change is an indication of the mode you have switched to. When in this mode if you press a keyboard shortcut you will bring up the customization dialog for that key.

    =rand(p,s) is an AutoFormat which generates random text.
     
  4. covert215

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    It can be documented to the government and not necessarily released to the public if there is no possible harm.
     
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    covert215 Banned Thread Starter

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    do people really not know any of these?
     
  6. kiwiguy

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    TonyJollans is quite correct.

    As well documented on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg_(virtual)

    "Because of the increase in malware, many companies and government offices forbid the use of software containing Easter eggs for security reasons. With the rise of cybercrime and the prevalence of the Easter egg's cousin, the logic bomb, there is now concern that if the programmer could slip in undocumented code, then the software cannot be trusted. This is of particular concern in offices where personal or confidential information is stored, making it sensitive to theft and ransom. For this reason, many developers have stopped the practice of adding Easter eggs to their software. Microsoft who has in the past created some of the largest and most elaborate Easter eggs such as the one's in Microsoft Office, no longer allows Easter eggs. This is in large part due to it's status as a founding member of the Trusted Computing Group".
     
  7. covert215

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    ooo...well, does anyone know any old ones?
     
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    The Word "egg" of entering =rand(99,200), or any value of the first and second number (i.e. =rand(5,1) or =rand(2,7) or whatever) is not an "egg" at all.

    It was a simple trick of being able to fill in a large amount of text with the simple sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." in as many paragraphs (the first number) with as many sentences (the second number) as you want. It is useful when needing to flow sample text through a template to see how the flow looks.

    This feature has been in all versions of Word. But, it seems that Microsoft never documents it. The only way anyone ever learns of it is through discussions like this one.

    I have mentioned it in this board, and a couple of other places a couple times myself, it never gets old. It can be useful. In fact I used it just 2 days ago, myself.
     
  9. kiwiguy

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    Google will point you to them all, for older MS Office versions, plus other software
     
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