Excel Easter Eggs Is it real?

In the past the developers of Excel (and most of the other Microsoft Office applications) built in little hidden programs that would run inside the application if you knew the secret sequence of keys. These secret routines were generally humorous and entertaining.

In the past the developers of Excel (and most of the other Microsoft Office applications) built in little hidden programs that would run inside the application if you knew the secret sequence of keys. These secret routines were generally humorous and entertaining. Apparently management decided that these respites of comic relief were inappropriate for something as serious as spreadsheet software and they were all but discontinued in Excel 2000. The only Easter egg in Excel 2000 displays a scrolling credits box that is black text on a white background with a black border. To get to this last remaining Easter egg in Excel 2000 go through the following steps.

Open a new, completely blank workbook
Press the F5 key to bring up the Go To dialog box
Enter X2000:L2000 in the Reverence text box and click OK
Press the Tab once so that the cell in column M is selected
Hold down [Ctrl][Shift] and click on the Chart Wizard icon on the Standard Toolbar
The result will be the very dull looking listing of development credits that will scroll up the screen.

In Excel 97 there is a much jazzier version of this Easter egg that has the user flying a space ship around the list of credits. The user controls the space ship with the mouse and is not allowed to crash and burn no matter how poorly he drives. To find this Easter egg in Excel 97 simply follow the same steps outlined above but substitute X97:L97 for X2000:L2000.

In Excel 2002 (Excel 10), there is no Easter egg per se’. Apparently, Microsoft has received complaints about the waste of resources and file bloat. However, if you still have Internet Explorer 5.0 loaded, this Easter Egg requires Excel 2002:

Open a new Excel workbook.
Select File * Save as Web Page
In the Save As dialog, select ‘Publish Sheet’ and ‘Add Interactivity’
Save to an htm file on your hard drive (any file name).
Open the htm file with Internet Explorer 5.
Select cell WC2000 and scroll the sheet such that cell WC2000 is the first cell on the left. Highlight the entire row.
Press Shift+Crtl+Alt and click the Office logo in the upper-left.
Your screen will be transformed into an auto racing game, with developer credits (and other things) visible on the roadway. Use the following keys:
Arrow keys: to steer and accelerate
Space bar: To fire at other cars
O: To drop an oil slicks
H: To turn on your headlights

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