Eggs are fun little programs hidden within larger
programs by the programmers. Some are simply scrolling
credits. Others can get really interesting. Here
are a few --
AOL Instant Messenger
Start your Netscape browser
Launch the Netscape AOL Instant Messenger program:
In the Sign On dialog box, click on the blue panel with
the Netscape and AOL logos. While keeping the mouse
button pressed, drag the mouse pointer to the right.
A picture of the development team appears as you drag
your mouse pointer to the right.
97 does the Macarena!
Select Help / About Microsoft PowerPoint
Press and hold the Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys.
Triple-click on the horizontal line above the Warning
notice in the lower third of the window.
The PowerPoint logo banner along the
left side of the window does the Macarena!
Click once on the PowerPoint logo banner along the left
side of the About window to see the development team
Use your right and left arrow keys to speed up or slow
down the display. Use your up and down arrows to zoom in
Access 97: The Magic Eight Ball
This is a long one, but
it's worth it!
Start Access 97
Choose "Blank Database" from the dialog box,
then click "OK".
You can accept the name db1 or name it whatever you
Click on "Create".
You will get a new dialog box called db1:Database (or
whatever you named it).
Click on the Macros tab.
Click "New" along the right-hand side of the
(A new dialog box called "Macro1:Macro."
From the View menu, choose "Macro Names".
(the Macro Name column appears on the left side of the
Macro1:Macro dialog box.)
Click the upper-left cell of the Macro1:Macro dialog box
and type Magic Eight Ball.
Leave the Action and Comment cells empty.
Click on the X in the upper-right corner of the
Macro1:Macro dialog box to close the dialog box, or
click the Save button on the toolbar.
If you clicked the X to close the dialog box, say
"Yes" to save changes.
(Access now prompts you for a Macro name.)
Type Magic Eight Ball in the Macro Name box and click on
Now you are back to the db1:Dialog box. The new
macro, Mahic Eight Ball, shows in the Macros window. It
should be highlighted, if not, click on it.
Click on the Magic Eight Ball macro and, hold the left
mouse button down, and drag the macro to the Access
You may already have a Black Eight Ball icon now. If
not, right-click on the new macro button and choose
Customize from the short-cut menu. Leave that dialog box
open and right-click on the new macro button and select
"Choose Button Image" from the pop-up menu.
Now click on the Magic Eight Ball icon, a black pool
ball with the number eight on it.
Click "OK", then "Close".
Now! Ask your computer a
Click on the Magic Eight Ball button on your toolbar.
If you want to delete the Magic Eight Ball:
Right-click on the Magic Eight Ball in the db1: Database
Click "Delete" on the short-cut menu.
Then click "Yes".
This deletes the Magic Eight Ball macro from your
To delete the Magic Eight Ball button from your
toolbar, right-click anywhere on the toolbar and select
Customize from the pop-up menu. Then click and drag the
Magic Eight Ball macro button off the toolbar and
release it anywhere in the Access workspace.
Sign on. Go to Keyword. Type in Smile4U. Enjoy!
Go to any chat-room. Type in -
Watch what the online host says.
You can type in variations of this, too, like
//roll-dice or //roll-dice14-sides999. Have fun!
Corel Web Designer
Go to Help/About WEB.DESIGNER
Click the icon in the upper left corner to see a pop up
list of credits
Click the logo at the top or the phone in Call Center.
Go to About.
Hold down Shift+Ctrl.
Click repeatedly on the world icon until a picture pops
Internet Explorer 4
In the address box, type in -
Your name appears on the screen. Type in
about:andanyword - the word you type appears in the
screen. Now type in about:Mozilla
I wonder what that means?......
Internet Explorer 4
Go to Help/About
Hold down Control
Drag the "E" over the world and on back to
bump into the text that reads "Microsoft Internet
When the text moves, click "Unlock".
Hold down Control again, drag the "E" on top
of the world, and let go.
Long, but fun!
Microsoft Word 97
Open Word 97. Go to the Thesarus
(Tools menu, Language), type in
I'd like Clinton to resign
-- and see what comes up.......
Microsoft Word 97
A pinball game hidden within the Word 97 program:
(Note: This easter egg
worked in the Office Pro
version, but not in the Small Biz Edition version)
Create a new document within Word.
Type in the word Blue.
Select the word Blue.
Click on the Format menu and select the Font command.
In the Font Style section of the dialog box, select
In the Color section of the dialog box, select Blue.
Close the dialog box.
Deselect the word Blue.
Enter a space after the word Blue.
Click on the Help menu and select the About Microsoft
Move the mouse to the Word icon and click n it while
depressing the CTRL + Shift keys.
A pinball machine is displayed, along with a list of
Use the Z key as the left flipper and the M key as the
To exit, press ESC.
Windows 95 and NT
Displays a list of US Volcanos:
Right click on the Windows 95 Desktop.
From the pop-up menu displayed, select the Properties
In the dialg box, click on the Screen Saver tab.
In the screen saver section, click on the down arrow and
select 3-D text.
Click on Settings.
In the text section, enter the word volcano.
Click on the OK button and see a list of US volcanos.
Microsoft Excel 97
Press F5 to open the "Go To" dialog box.
Type in " x97:l97 " (without the quotation
marks and that is an "L").
Press "Tab" once.
Hold down Shift and Control. At the same time click on
the chart button on the toolbar.
Buckle your seat-belt!
If you don't have Direct
Draw installed, you won't need to buckle up, but it's
still pretty cool!
Microsoft Excel 95
Highlight entire row 95.
Click HELP, ABOUT EXCEL.
Hold Ctrl, Shift, ALT keys and click on Tech Support.
When facing wall type excelkfra to open it.
CorelDraw 7, Corel
Photo-Paint 7, and Corel Dream 3-D
Go to Help
Double-click on the little balloon or camera icons to
see program credits.
For Windows 95 and MacOS 8.0
PC- Go to "Help", then "About
Mac - Go to "About Director" under the apple
menu in the top left corner.
Let the credit screen sit there for about 3 minutes.
Soon, a yellow smiley face will float out. Click on it
(may take a few tries), and he starts singing, in
Outlook 97 for
In Outlook, create a new contact named Ren Hoek.
Choose Save and Close (on the Contacts form.)
Select this new contact, then choose Help and About
Hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift and click on the dialog box's
You'll see a scrolling list of programmer credits, many
with amusing nicknames. To get more information about
the Outlook team, click the text that says "Want
More? Click Here".
don't have very many yet. But you can help!
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