Easter Eggs

February 2017

What's an Easter Egg?

What does an Easter egg have to do with computing?
"Easter egg" is the name given to inside jokes by programmers, who enjoy adding small and unneeded (but humorous) hidden features to their program (often the list of the program team, and sometimes photos of the developers).

These quirks are not bugs; they are intentionally added by the programmers to make light of their often thankless work. Easter eggs may be triggered by entering a certain sequence of keystrokes, or by clicking in strange places.

An example of an Easter Egg in Windows 95

This Windows 95 Easter egg is one of the most difficult to trigger, as activating it requires a great deal of care. Here's what to do:

  1. On the Desktop, create a new folder.
  2. Name it "New Folder".
  3. Right-click on the folder, choose rename and enter the following, with the capitalisation and punctuation intact:
    and now, the moment you've all been waiting for
  4. Repat this operation, this time with the phrase:
    we proudly present for your viewing pleasure
  5. Do it again one last time, with:
    The Microsoft Windows 95 Product Team!
  6. Double-click on the folder, and if everything was done correctly, the Easter egg will appear.

Easter Egg in Windows 95 for the lazy

Create a folder named:

Another Easter Egg in Windows 95

  1. Click on the Find tab. If the wizard starts up, just choose the defaults.
  2. Click on the "options" button, then select the radio button "All the words you type in order."
  3. Also select "Begin with the characters you type", then click OK
  4. Holding down the <CTRL> and <SHIFT> keys, click the "Clear" button
  5. Click on the "options" button again, but this time, choose "At least one of the words you type"
  6. Now choose the option "contains the characters you type."
  7. Click on OK
  8. In the search box, type the following:
    The Shadow knows!
  9. Holding down the <CTRL> and <SHIFT> keys, click the "Clear" button
  10. The list of programmers should now appear :)

Word 97 pinball (does not work in Windows NT)

  1. Create a new document
  2. Type the word Blue
  3. Highlight the word Blue
  4. Go to Format/Font
  5. Choose "Bold" and the color blue
  6. Click <OK>
  7. Type a space after Blue
  8. Go to "About Microsoft Word"
  9. Hold <CTRL>+<SHIFT> and click on the Word icon

Excel 97 flight simulator

  1. Create a new worksheet
  2. Press <F5>
  3. Enter the reference X97:L97 and press <ENTER>
  4. Press TAB once
  5. Holding the <SHIFT> and <CTRL> keys, click on the "Chart Wizard" button.

The hidden side of Internet Explorer 4

  1. Click on "About Internet Explorer" in the "?" menu
  2. Let the short animation with the Earth play out
  3. Press and hold <CTRL>
  4. Click on the "E" in the upper-right-hand corner of the window and move it to the left of the capital E in Explorer 4.0
  5. Push the text to the right by moving the "E" to the right
  6. Release <CTRL>
  7. An unlock button appears, click on it
  8. Press and hold <CTRL>
  9. Click on the "E" and place it in the middle of the Earth


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