This page contains a small collection of Easter Eggs. This term, as it applies here, means any amusing tidbit that creators hid in their creations. Some of them can be quite entertaining, if you know where to look. This site will help you discover Easter Eggs in various computer programs and applications you see and use everyday.Microsoft ACCESS 97:
This one is called "The Magic Eightball"
(Requires: Windows 95 or better)
1. Load Access
2. Create a blank database
3. Go To "MACROS"
4. Click on "NEW"
5. Press space
6. Close the dialog box
7. Click "YES"
8. Save as "Magic Eight Ball"
9. Go to "VIEW/TOOLBARS/CUSTOMIZE" and check off macro design
10 Drag the macro to the second toolbar to create an Eight ball button.
11. Now that you have the magic button, just ask a question and click the button for an answer.
Requires: Windows 95 or better)
1. Create a new database
2. Make new table and save it as "Go Speed Racer Go"
3. Choose Help About and Right Double Click on the Bitmap
HINT: You can hit the escape key at any time to stop the scrolling credits. However, if you do, you will miss your name showing up at the end of the credits.
Microsoft EXCEL 97:
(Requires: Microsoft Excel 97)
1. On a new Worksheet, Press F5
2. Type X97:L97 and hit enter
3. Press the tab key
4. Hold Ctrl-Shift
5. Click on the Chart Wizard toolbar button
6. Use mouse to fly around - Right button forward/ Left button reverse
1. Open FaxWorks
2. Click on the logo that is on the top. (Mine says "Gateway2000" because it came with my Gateway)
3. The "about" screen should come up.
4. Left click on the picture of the world while holding down shift+Ctrl. Continuously click on the mouse until the picture comes up.
5. Squid Alert!
(Requires: Windows 98 or better)
1. Open dial-up networking, (this should work on any generic dialer).
2. Enter your password, etc. then press connect.
3. Hold down the ENTER key while it's dialing.
4. Watch the red thing that goes from the picture of the phone to the picture of the computer.
Microsoft Front Page:
(Requires: Microsoft FrontPage)
1. Open Microsoft Image Composer, (comes with MS Front Page).
2. In another window, open MS Paint and start a new painting .
3. Draw a line down the middle of the page and color each half a different color
4. Save the painting as something, and open it again in Image Composer.
5. Once open in Image Composer, go to "Plug-Ins" button, and choose "Impressionist",
6. Hit the "Styles" button, scroll down to "Geometric", and choose "Melting metallic buttons".
7. Set the top slider, (Brush-size), to minimum (25%).
8. Then simply hit "Apply"........
To show status of active URLs, Press CTRL + ALT + t
Requires: Navigator v3.1)
1. NOTE: Type these without quotations in the Location/Go To area. Also, with the exception of the authors, these all work on Netscape Navigator 3.1 and should work on all others.
2. Type "about:" to see information on your Netscape version.
3. Type "about:logo" to see the netscape logo.
4. Type "about:license" to see the Netscape license that you agreed to.
5. Type "about:qtlogo" to see the Quicktime logo.
6. Type "about:mozilla" to see a bible verse Netscape style.
7. Type "about:cache","about:global","about:image-cache", or "about:memory-cache" to see the information on the contents of your cache.
8. Type "about:xxxx", (the xxxx representing whatever you want), to see your text on the screen.
9. Press Ctrl+Alt+F to have Netscape take you to a continually updated Fishcam.
10. Press Ctrl+Alt+S to toggle the bottom status bar on and off.
Microsoft Office 95:
(Requires: Microsoft Office 95)
1. Open Office 95 toolbar
2. Right click on logo in top left corner
3. Click on About Microsoft Office
4. Shows license screen and product ID
5. CTRL-SHIFT double-click the Office 95 logo
6. Up pops Office 95 title screen
7. Click on title screen to close it
8. License screen has changed ...
9. Hi MOM!
Message in About Box:
(Requires: Powerpoint 95)
1. Go to the help menu.
2. Click on About Microsoft PowerPoint.
3. Press Ctrl - Alt - Shift and hold.
4. Triple click on horizontal divider in About box.
View the Macarena:
(Requires: Powerpoint 97)
1. Load Power Point
2. Go into "Help-about"
3. Hold ctrl, shift and alt
4. Click on the horizontal line, (under the licensing info) 3 times
5. Sit back and watch the amusement
Microsoft Word 97:
Pinball in Word 97
(Requires: Word 97)
1. Open a new document
2. Type "Blue"
3. Select word
4. Go to Format -> Font
5. Choose Font Style Bold, Color Blue
6. Type " " (space) after word "Blue"
7. Go to Help -> About
8. Ctrl-Shift-Left click the Word icon/banner
9. Use Z for left flipper, M for right flipper, and ESC to exit
10. Discover what Microsoft means by "Productivity Application"
Floating Splash Screen:
1. Select Help, About Microsoft Word
2. The About Box appears
3. Hold down Ctrl+Shift+Alt keys
4. Click on the horizontal divider in the About Box
5. A floating splash screen appears
6. Close the About Box
7. The splash screen stays on top!
(Requires: Word 97)
Simply type a colon followed by a right or left parentheses. Depending on what parentheses you press, a circle with either a happy or sad inside face will appear.
Microsoft Works 4.5:
Show me the Words:
(Requires: Microsoft Works 4.5)
1 - Open Works.
2 - Open a new word processing document
3 - Type in "zzzz" (Without quotes)
4 - Then highlight it,
5 - and go to Tools, then Spelling, (F7)
6 - This is the Microsoft definition of "zzzz"!
(This also works in Microsoft Word!)
Windows 95 / 98:
(Requires: OEM Service Release 2 version of Windows that includes the 3D Text screen saver)
1. Right-click the desktop
2. Select Properties
3. Click the Screen Saver tab
4. Under Screen Saver, select 3D Text
5. Click the Settings button
6. Type volcano on the Text line
7. Click OK
8. Watch the preview screen on the Screen Saver tab or click Preview, and you'll see the names of famous volcanoes!
Windows 98 / SE:
Windows 98 Team
1. In the Windows directory go to "Application Data\Microsoft\WELCOME"
2. Create a Shortcut for the file Weldata.exe by right clicking on the file and selecting "Create Shortcut"
3. Right click on the newly created shortcut and select "Properties"
4. In the shortcut tab, add the following at the end of the "Target" edit box " You_are_a_real_rascal". This causes the application WELDATA.EXE to be called with the argument 'You_are_a_real_rascal'
5. Now in the "Run" combobox select "Minimized"
6. Click OK and double click the shortcut & ENJOY!
Registration Wizard hidden credits
1. Click Start, Run, and type WELCOME.EXE to load the Welcome to Windows program.
2. Click REGISTER NOW.
3. When the first screen of the WINDOWS 98 REGISTRATION WIZARD comes up, hold down CTRL-SHIFT and right click on the image to the left.
4. Voila.. hidden credits from the program's creators.
Reference to Wassily Kandinsky in Setup
In the actual Windows 98 setup files, there is a file called "DOSSETUP.BIN". If you look at the contents of this file with Notepad, Wordpad, DOS's EDIT, or any other text editor, you will find the following phrase near the end of the file:
Wassily Kandinsky was the great Russian painter who participated in the Expressionist movement in Germany, taught at the Bauhaus, and edited the Blue Rider Almanac.
Hearts Card Look
1. Press Start Button and then press "Run".
2. Type "regedit".
3. Goto: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Applets\Hearts
4. Insert a new String called "ZB".
5. Then Type "42" as String.
6. Start Hearts
7. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+F12 to see the Cards of the others.
Eject your PC!
4.Right click on calculator, then properties.
5.Click change icon. Double click the normal calculator icon.
8.Wait a couple of seconds.
Windows 98 Team 2
1. Double click on the clock to bring up the date & time properties
2. Click on the 'Time Zone' tab
3. Hold down the Ctrl Key, ( here's the hard part,)Click and hold the mouse button down on cairo Egypt.
4. With the mouse button still down, drag the pointer to Baton Rouge, LA.
5. Release the mouse button, but continue holding control.
6. Click the mouse button, and drag from Baton Rouge to Redmond, WA, release the button, and if it was done right, the same movie as was played in the 'Windows 98 Team' will play. Just a different way to get to it.
Boss key for games included with Win2k
1) Start->Program Files->Accessories->Games->Mine Sweeper
2) While playing the Mine Sweeper game or any other Microsoft-supplied game...
3) Hit the ESC key and window will close.
4) The task bar will contain "Budget.xcl" instead of the name of the program that was running.
1. Right click the mouse, go to properties and backgrounds.
2. Choose clouds tiled as your background.
3. Click apply then ok, and go back to the main screen.
4. Click on my computer, and then change the name to my microsoft, don't move the mouse.
5. A video of bill gates, and some other software developers will appear if you don't move the mouse.
Teapots are still here...
The teapots in the 3D Pipes screen saver from Win95 and NT still work:
1. Change your screen saver to 3D Pipes(OpenGL).
2. Click Settings
3. Change the settings to Multiple Pipes, Traditional joints, with Mixed joint type. Set the resolution to max.
4. Click OK
1) Right click on "Properties" on the desktop.
2) Go to the "Screensaver" menu.
3) Go to the 3-D text screensaver and open the properties.
4) In the text box, type "volcano" (without quotes).
Enjoy! Note: this is the same egg that has already been listed in Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT
Launch Excel and press F5.
Type: x2000:|2000 and press Enter.
Hold Ctrl + Shift. Click the Chart Wizard and enjoy the credits.
Open Excel and on the blank worksheet, click File > Save As and choose Save as web page.
Click on Publish and Add interactivity and save the file with any name you like.
Load the page with Internet Explorer and go to row 2000 Column WC.
Highlight all of row 2000 and press Tab to make column WC the active column.
Hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift and click on the Office Icon.
Use the arrow keys to drive your car.
The "0" key to drop paint slicks.
The space bar to shoot.
The "H" key for headlights.
Note: You need DirectX for this to work.
In the "Find a contact" box on the toolbar, type "Ren Hoek" and press Enter. Select Tools > Macro > Macros.
In the Macro Name box, type "OL2KRocks" and click the Create button.
The "About Microsoft Outlook: dialog appears.
Hole down Ctrl + Alt + Shift and click OK.
The Outlook 2000 teams credits appear.
Try to catch the names as they fly across to the mailbox.
In, Outlook, select File > New > Contact.
In the Full Name box type "Ren Hoek".
Click Save and Close.
Go to the Contacts page and select the new contact.
Open Help > About.
Hold down the Ctrl > Shift + Alt and click OK.
Credits are displays and a link to a hidden Outlook Website!