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  I will post here ALL New Easter Eggs [in chronological order] every time I'll also add them to EGGS.TXT, part of my Updated ©Tricks + Secrets Files, FREEware:
 Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 + DOS 7.xx/8.00: W95-11D.EXE
 Windows/WfWG 3.1x + DOS 6.xx: W31-11D.ZIP

DEFINITION: The computer software "Easter Egg" is a hidden/secret code in a program, game or operating system, intended to be activated by an undocumented sequence of keystrokes and/or mouse clicks, usually revealing text, graphics, animation, developer credits, jokes, pranks etc.
More details @ Wikipedia:
   Easter egg (media).
   Easter eggs in Microsoft products.
   The Book of Mozilla.
   Google April Fools' Day jokes.
   About URI scheme.
NOTE: Microsoft stopped including Easter Eggs in their products since 2002.
Windows 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8, 8.1, 2012 + newer do NOT have any Easter Eggs. :-(

  And here they are, by popular demand... ;) [new "eggs" added at the TOP]

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The Easter Eggs

6-28-11 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


GOOGLE CHROME EASTER EGGS


These Easter Eggs apply to Chromium + Google Chrome web browsers.
Chrome + Chromium "about:" links.
Chromium specific about: URIs.
Some of these commands are undocumented, have been modified, updated, renamed and/or discontinued. Therefore not all of them exist in all browser versions, and some may have different names and/or changed functionality in newer browser builds.

  1. Things you can do with the built-in (internal) "about:" command [command names and all parameters are case insensitive], translated as "chrome://" into the browser [ending forward slash (/) after parameter name (chrome://parameter/) is optional]:
    • about: (chrome://about/) = Chrome and built-in components + supported standards version info
    • about:about (chrome://about/about/) = complete list of available about: (chrome://) commands; same as about:chrome-urls (chrome://chrome-urls/) (see further below)
    • about:appcache-internals (chrome://appcache-internals/) = application caches info
    • about:apps (chrome://apps/) = dedicated page for all installed apps
    • about:blank = new empty browser tab (window) with white background; see also "KILL IE ABOUT: URLS", also in REGISTRY.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE]
    • about:blob-internals (chrome://blob-internals/) = internal blob data info
    • about:bookmarks (chrome://bookmarks/) = built-in Bookmark Manager
    • about:bugreport (chrome://bugreport/) = built-in BugReport options (if any)
    • about:cache = list of locally cached URLs (http:// + https:// protocols); same as about:view-http-cache (chrome://view-http-cache/) (see further below)
    • about:chrome (chrome://chrome/) = built-in About Google Chrome page
    • about:chrome/help (chrome://chrome/help/) = built-in Help (About) page
    • about:chrome-urls (chrome://chrome-urls/) = complete list of available about: (chrome://) commands; same as about:about (chrome://about/about/) (see further above)
    • about:constrained-test (chrome://constrained-test/) = detailed constrained test
    • about:crashes (chrome://crashes/) = list of all browser crashes (if any)
    • about:credits (chrome://about/credits/) = list of all components + technologies used in Chrome with respective home page + license URLs
    • about:conflicts (chrome://conflicts/) = list of all Modules loaded + registered (available for loading when needed) into Google Chrome and eventual conflicts (if any)
    • about:devtools (chrome-devtools://devtools/) = list of available developer tools (Chrome developer builds only)
    • about:dns (chrome://about/dns/) = list of all prefetched + preresolved DNS records + host names
    • about:downloads (chrome://downloads/) = built-in Downloads Manager
    • about:extensions (chrome://extensions/) = built-in Extensions Manager
    • about:extension-icon (chrome://extension-icon/) = list of extensions icons
    • about:favicon (chrome://favicon/) = built-in browser favicon
    • about:flags (chrome://flags/) = list of all available configurable/customizable settings + features that can be disabled or enabled; similar to about:labs (chrome://labs/) (see further below)
    • about:flash (chrome://flash/) = detailed info about (built-in or external) Flash plug-in
    • about:gpu (chrome://gpu/) (newer browser versions) or about:gpu-internals (chrome://gpu-internals/) (older browser versions) = GPU Info tab: video hardware Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) + Chrome/Chromium features, status, version, driver info, diagnostics + logs; Profiling tab: moved under about:tracing (chrome://tracing/) (see further below)
    • about:histograms (chrome://about/histograms/) = list of all available histograms + graphs
    • about:history (chrome://history/) (older browser versions) = built-in browsing History Manager
    • about:history2 (chrome://history2/) (newer browser versions) = built-in browsing History Manager with color coded URL interface + more features
    • about:internets (chrome://internets/) [undocumented!] = "Internets": "Don't Clog the Tubes!" animated 3D pipes, similar to Windows 9x/NTx OpenGL screen saver ;); must have sspipes.scr (3D Pipes Screen Saver) in %windir%\SYSTEM32 [(Windows 2000/XP/2003); Microsoft removed this file from Windows Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012/newer!] for this to work [%windir% = usually C:\WINDOWS (WinXP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012) or C:\WINNT (Win2000)]; older Chrome builds only, newer builds display error 300 invalid URL web page ;-(
    • about:ipc (chrome://ipc/) = IPC detailed info
    • about:keyboard (chrome://keyboard/) = built-in default keyboard shortcuts + combos
    • about:labs (chrome://labs/) = list of all available configurable/customizable settings + features that can be disabled or enabled; similar to about:flags (chrome://flags/) (see further above)
    • about:media-internals (chrome://media-internals/) = list of Active audio streams + Cached resources (if any)
    • about:memory (chrome://memory/) or chrome://about/memory/ (older browser versions) or chrome://memory-redirect/ (newer browser versions) = memory usage in multi-process browsing: summary + processes
    • about:net-internals (chrome://net-internals/) = net internals info: data, proxy, events, DNS, sockets, SPDY, HTTP cache, HTTP throttling, SPIs, tests + HSTS
    • about:network (chrome://network/) = I/O tracking info: list of all images, scripts + objects from a web page opened in a new tab
    • about:newtab (chrome://newtab/) = opens a new browser tab
    • about:objects (chrome://objects/) = list of all Objects on current web page
    • about:plugins (chrome://plugins/) = installed plug-ins info + disable/enable separately each plug-in in case of problems
    • about:print (chrome://print/) = built-in Print Manager
    • about:quota-internals (chrome://quota-internals/) = 3 tabs detailed info:
      • Summary: Summary + Misc Statistics
      • Usage & Quota: Usage and Quota Database Browser
      • Data: Dump
    • about:sessions (chrome://sessions/) = list of Sessions (x) + Magic List (x) (if any)
    • about:settings (chrome://settings/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager main screen [defaults to Basics screen if not followed by other available option after the forward slash (/)]; see below for available options
    • about:settings/advanced (chrome://settings/advanced/) = built-in Options (settings) Under the Hood screen:
      • Privacy
      • Web Content
      • Network
      • Translate
      • Downloads
      • HTTPS/SSL
      • Google Cloud Print
      • Background Apps
    • about:settings/autofill (chrome://settings/autofill/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Autofill Options screen
    • about:settings/basics (chrome://settings/basics/) = built-in browser Options (settings) Manager Basics screen; same as about:settings/browser (chrome://settings/browser/) (see below)
    • about:settings/browser (chrome://settings/browser/) = built-in browser Options (settings) Manager Basics screen; same as about:settings/basics (chrome://settings/basics/) (see above)
    • about:settings/clearbrowserdata (chrome://settings/clearbrowserdata/) built-in Options (settings) Manager Clear Browsing Data pop up window:
      • Clear browsing history
      • Clear download history
      • Empty the cache
      • Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data
      • Clear saved passwords
      • Clear saved Autofill form data
    • about:settings/content (chrome://settings/content/) = built-in Options (settings) Content Settings screen (global = valid for all web pages), each with Manage Exceptions (local = valid for selected web page only) button (see Exceptions options below):
      • Cookies
      • Images
      • JavaScript
      • Handlers
      • Plug-ins
      • Pop-ups
      • Location
      • Notifications
      • Fullscreen
      • Mouse Cursor
    • about:settings/contentexceptions (chrome://settings/contentexceptions/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Cookie and Site Data Exceptions screen (defaults to Cookie and Site Data Exceptions screen if not followed by other available option preceded by #); available options:
    • about:settings/cookies (chrome://settings/cookies/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Cookies and Other Data screen
    • about:settings/fonts (chrome://settings/fonts/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Fonts and Encoding screen
    • about:settings/handlers (chrome://settings/handlers/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Protocol Handlers screen
    • about:settings/importdata (chrome://settings/importdata/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Import Bookmarks and Settings dialog box
    • about:settings/languages (chrome://settings/languages/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Languages screen
    • about:settings/packextensionoverlay (chrome://settings/packextensionoverlay/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Pack Extension dialog box
    • about:settings/passwords (chrome://settings/passwords/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Passwords screen
    • about:settings/personal (chrome://settings/personal/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Personal screen
    • about:settings/searchengines (chrome://settings/searchengines/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Search Engines screen
    • about:settings/syncsetup (chrome://settings/syncsetup/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Sync in with your Google Account dialog box
    • about:settings/underthehood (chrome://settings/underthehood/) = built-in Options (settings) Manager Under the Hood screen
    • about:stats (chrome://stats/) = Counters + Timers values, delta + time test benchmarks stats
    • about:sync (chrome://sync/) = browser sync detailed info
    • about:sync-internals (chrome://sync-internals/) = sync internals info: about, data, notifications, events + sync node browser
    • about:syncpromo (chrome://syncpromo/) = Welcome to Google Chrome screen: set up Chrome with Google account, Google account sign in screen and link to back up and sync bookmarks, history + settings
    • about:tcmalloc (chrome://about/tcmalloc/) = last page load/reload stats
    • about:terms (chrome://about/terms/) = terms of service (TOS) agreement
    • about:textfields (chrome://textfields/) = textfields detailed info (if any)
    • about:tracing (chrome://tracing/) = Record tracing stats: records + displays keyboard key presses + mouse movement into buffer; Load: loads tracing stats from file; Save: saves tracing stats to file; about:gpu (chrome://gpu/) Profiling tab: moved here (see further above)
    • about:version (chrome://version/) = Chrome and built-in components + supported standards version info; chrome: or chrome:// redirects to chrome://version/
    • about:view-http-cache (chrome://view-http-cache/) = list of locally cached URLs (http:// + https:// protocols); same as about:cache (see further above)
    • about:workers (chrome://workers/) = list of Shared workers (if any): Id, URL, Name + Process id.

  2. Built-in (internal) "about:" commands with debug functions (self explanatory), which mimic an error or other situation that crashes/hangs/kills the browser:
    • about:crash (chrome://crash/) = displays dark slate gray crash web page
    • about:inducebrowsercrashforrealz (chrome://inducebrowsercrashforrealz/) = crashes the browser after which displays this dialog message:

      "Whoa! Google Chrome has crashed. Relaunch now?
                         OK       Cancel
      "

    • about:kill (chrome://kill/) = displays indigo kill web page.
      Google Chrome kill web pages display this message:

      "He's dead, Jim!"

    • about:hang (chrome://hang/) = locks up the browser
    • about:shorthang (chrome://shorthang/) = locks up the browser
    • about:gpuclean (chrome://gpuclean/) = empty GPU (texture) buffer
    • about:gpucrash (chrome://gpucrash/) = displays error 300 invalid URL web page
    • about:gpuhang (chrome://gpuhang/) = displays error 300 invalid URL web page.
    Google Chrome crash web pages display this message:

    "Aw, Snap!"

    CAUTION: These debug commands crash, hang or kill the browser! Use only if needed.

    More like this:

BONUS:
Chrome/Chromium hidden T-Rex game, also here.
Start the game from within the browser: disconnect your computer/device from the internet (works only offline) start Chrome/Chromium press Space use up arrow key to jump (or 8 numeric pad key to jump shorter leaps) over obstacles (cacti), down arrow key (or 2 numeric pad key) to crouch (bow down to avoid pterodactyls), and Alt key to pause the game.

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12-31-03 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


FILE SEARCH EASTER EGG


Courtesy of David.

"This Egg works only with Windows 2000/ME/XP/2003.
Found an interesting feature (bug?) when using Windows File Search.
Go to Find Files or Folders and search for this string (no quotes):

"catch me if you can"

to list all files on your PC."

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6-5-02 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


X-SETUP EASTER EGG - Part 3


This works with all X-Setup 6.xx releases (freeware for personal use), the BEST and most comprehensive Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 system power tweaker and Registry "hacker".
To activate the egg: run X-Setup either from the Start Menu Programs Xteq X-Setup, or from the Control Panel X-Setup icon click Help click About right-click on the blue vertical bar at the left with the Xteq logo at the top stating "Do More Faster" at the bottom, while holding down the Ctrl key voila!
The About dialog box will start a frantic "dancing" rhythm around your screen, and the credits window will fill up at the same time with the "All Your Base Are Belong To Us!" message scrolling down.
You can "freeze" the movement temporarily by clicking and holding down your left mouse button inside the credits window.
The only way you can stop the "show" is to left-click the Close button, or hit Alt + F4 simultaneously. ;)

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11-15-00 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


X-SETUP EASTER EGG - Part 2


This works with all X-Setup 5.xx/6.1x releases (freeware for personal use), the BEST and most comprehensive Windows 9x/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003 system power tweaker and Registry "hacker".
Run X-Setup either from the Start Menu Programs Xteq X-Setup, or from the Control Panel X-Setup icon click Help click About.
The blue box in the lower right corner displays scrolling text with the names of the Xteq team members and other credits.
But if you (double-)click on the blue vertical bar at the left with the Xteq logo at the top stating "Do More Faster" at the bottom, this will change to a small flying helicopter scrolling from left to right in the animation window, while your default web browser will open at the Xteq home page.

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9-26-00 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


SKI FREE EASTER EGG


Courtesy of Harry.

"The old Windows Ski Free 16-bit game (SKI.EXE) from the original Microsoft Entertainment Pack, which used to be bundled with some OEM/VAR Windows/WfWG 3.1x computers [way back ;)], has an Easter Egg:

  1. Play the game: ski down the hill.
  2. Go past the Finish line and keep on skiing.
  3. At some point, an ugly gray monster will jump out onto the hill and will eat the skier [you ;)]. After that the monster starts jumping up and down, rubbing its belly. This also happens if you ski left, right, or even up the hill. The monster will disappear when you click your mouse on the game screen, and you will be automatically "teleported" back to the Start line, where you can begin a new game.
    The monster seems to appear after a certain amount of time has passed since the race started. When you ski uphill this happens sooner. ;)"

Get Ski Free [30 KB].

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8-11-00 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


MS IE 5/6 EASTER EGG


Suggested by Dave.

The Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5/5.5 SP1/5.5 SP2/6.0/6.0 SP1 Easter Eggs are located on the MS IE welcome web pages (cached by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine: may need to disable JavaScript temporarily in your web browser in order to access them properly without redirects):Therefore you must be connected to the internet for this to work:
  1. Open an Internet Explorer window.
  2. Click on Help About (Internet Explorer) to display the popup dialog box.
  3. Left-click your mouse on the Acknowledgements link at the bottom.
  4. Ta-dah! You'll be directed to the MS IE "Thank You" web page, and then a new browser popup window will open "showing off" a Flash animation:with the:
    • MS IE 6.xx new Windows XP "style" blue logo, filled with the scrolling lists of MS IE developer team names in alphabetical order.
    • MS IE 5.xx "classic" logo inside a blue thick bordered box, followed by the credits screen listing the MS IE developer team names in alphabetical order.

NOTES:

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6-21-00 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


EXCEL 2000 EASTER EGG - Part 2


This works ONLY with Microsoft Excel 2000 for Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP.
Follow these steps to play the racing game:

  1. Run Excel 2000.
  2. Select "Save as Web Page" from the File menu.
  3. Select "Save: Selection: Sheet".
  4. Check the "Publish Sheet" and "Add interactivity" boxes and click Save.
  5. Exit Excel 2000.
  6. Load the saved HTML page in Microsoft Internet Explorer 4/5/6 web browser.
  7. Scroll down to row 2000, column WC.
  8. Select row 2000 (highlight the entire line) and then press Tab until WC is selected again.
  9. Hold down Shift + Ctrl + Alt and left-click once the MS Office logo in the upper left corner of the Excel 2000 logo.
Ta-dah! Watch the street painted with Excel 2000 team credits fly by, in this Microsoft's clone of Spy Hunter driving game!
Use the Up/Down Arrow keys to accelerate/decelerate, Right/Left Arrow keys to steer the car, Space to fire the machine guns, O (the letter "o") to drop Oil slicks, H to turn on the Headlights and Esc to exit the game.

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4-28-00 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


EXCEL 2000 EASTER EGG - Part 1


Uncovered courtesy of Beth. This Easter Egg works with Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP.

  1. "Run Excel and Open a New spreadsheet.
  2. Press F5 to access the Go to function.
  3. Type X2000:L2000 in the Reference box and click OK.
  4. Press Tab. You should now be at cell M2000.
  5. Hold down Ctrl + Shift at the same time and left-click your mouse on the Chart Wizard.
  6. Hit Esc to exit.
Voila... the Excel 2000 Credits!"

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4-28-00 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN98 EASTER EGG - Part 4


Sent courtesy of Piotr.

"When copying file xxx.HTM (in the timedemo!) to eg. %windir%\temp, open the file as text, and search for this line:

<PARAM NAME="FileName" VALUE="welcome.wav">

Add the full path to the WAV file, eg:

<PARAM NAME="FileName" VALUE="C:\Windows\Aplication Data\Microsoft\Welcome\welcom98.wav">

Save the file (preserve its name!) in %windir%\Aplication Data.
Now (double-)click on it in Windows Explorer. The "Team 98" Eater Egg is fully accessed!"

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1-5-00 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


JAVASCRIPT BROWSER RESIZER EASTER EGG


To enable the undocumented Netscape Navigator/Communicator 4.xx/6.xx/7.xx, Mozilla + Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0x/5.xx/6.xx JavaScript 1.1 browser window resizer, open your favorite web browser and type one of these strings EXACTLY as they appear here (case sensitive) in the Address/Location URL box (screen width + height measured in pixels):

javascript:resizeTo(640,480);
javascript:resizeTo(800,600);
javascript:resizeTo(1024,768);
javascript:resizeTo(1152,874);
javascript:resizeTo(1200,1024);
javascript:resizeTo(1600,1200);
javascript:resizeTo(1792,1344);
javascript:resizeTo(1800,1400);
javascript:resizeTo(1972,1600);

Then just hit Enter to see the effect.
More info.
Try a custom browser window size.
Of course, you can only use the screen resolutions supported by BOTH your video controller AND monitor. :)

NOTE: This trick does NOT work with ANY of these browser releases older than 4.00, because those do NOT support JavaScript 1.1 standard.

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12-29-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


OSR2/NT/98/2000/ME/XP OPENGL EASTER EGG


This Windows 95B/95C OSR2.x, 98, 98 SE, ME, NT 3.5x/4.0, 2000, XP + 2003 Easter Egg is hidden into the 3D Pipes (OpenGL) Screen Saver, bundled with all these Operating Systems.
The file SSPIPES.SCR is located in %windir%\SYSTEM (Win95 OSR2/98/ME) or in %windir%\SYSTEM32 (WinNT/2000/XP/2003). %windir% = usually C:\WINDOWS (Win95/98/ME + WinXP/2003) or C:\WINNT (WinNT4/2000).
To activate the Egg, follow these steps EXACTLY:

  1. Right-click on an empty spot on your Desktop.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Select the Screen Saver tab.
  4. Select "3D Pipes (OpenGL)" from the Screen Saver list.
  5. Click the Settings button.
  6. Select Multiple for Pipes.
  7. Select Traditional for Pipe Style.
  8. Select Mixed for Joint Type.
  9. Select Solid for Surface Style.
  10. Click OK.

Start/Preview the screen saver: some of the joints are now "teapot" shaped. ;)

Microsoft removed this file from Windows Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012/newer OSes!
Get it back.

UPDATE: "Select Textured for Surface Style, but do NOT click Choose Texture (all other steps are identical), to get a candy cane effect on the pipes."
[Thank you Bear!]

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12-22-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


MSD EASTER EGGS


MicroSoft Diagnostics (MSD.EXE) 16-bit utility for DOS "shows off" 2 Easter Eggs:

  1. MSD v2.00 bundled with Windows 3.10 (located in your Windows directory), and probably other earlier releases, pops up a "funny" message when you:

    1. Press and hold Alt + H or click Help.
    2. Hit Enter (or A) or click About.
    3. Punch F1:

      "No Help Available.
      (so leave me alone)
      "

    Microsoft removed this "joke" from all newer MSD releases beginning with v2.01, included with Windows 3.11 and MS-DOS 6.00.

  2. MSD v2.13 bundled with Windows 95 retail, 95a OSR1, 95B OSR 2.0, 95B OSR 2.1 and 95C OSR 2.5 displays the wrong version: identifies itself as v2.11 when you:

    1. Press and hold Alt + H or click Help.
    2. Hit Enter (or A) or click About:

      "Microsoft (R) Diagnostics
               Version 2.11
      "

      The correct version (2.13) shows up ONLY on the red intro screen when MSD first starts:

      "Microsoft (R) Diagnostics
               Version 2.13
      "

    but ONLY IF MSD is run from native MS-DOS when you boot with the "Command prompt only" option from the Windows 95/98 Start Menu, NOT from a DOS box/session within Windows GUI.

    MSD.EXE is NOT installed by Windows 95 on your hard drive. :( But you can find it on your Win95 Setup CD-ROM in the \OTHER\MSD folder.
    If you don't have Windows 95 you can get MSD v2.13 [free].

FYI: See complete MSD details in:

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11-24-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN98 SE EASTER EGG


To activate the "classic" Win98 Easter Egg on Win98 SE(U) systems, follow these steps exactly:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Open the Regional Settings applet.
  3. Hold down the Ctrl key and left-click once on the African continent near Cairo, Egypt, left of the most inner point of river Nile.
  4. With Ctrl pressed, drag your mouse cursor near Memphis, Tennessee on the Northern American continent, left of half the way between the Great Lakes and Florida.
  5. Keep holding Ctrl but release the mouse button.
  6. Left-click and drag from Memphis, Tennessee to Redmond, Washington.
  7. Release both the Ctrl key and the mouse button.
  8. The "classic" Win98 credits slide show should start if everything was done right. All mouse clicks require accurate precision on the map! Start over if not successful. :(
  9. Have fun. ;)

See this screen shot for details.

Get Win98 Easter Egg in HTML format [10 KB, free].

NOTES:

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10-14-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


X-SETUP 4.0/5.0 EASTER EGG - Part 1


Enjoy this "hot" egg sent by The Captain.

"To see the Xteq X-Setup 4.0/5.0 Easter Egg press F3 to bring up an undocumented menu. The OK button doesn't work, so just click the X in the upper right corner to close it. ;)
The F3 menu has been removed from newer versions of X-Setup. :("

FYI: X-Setup Pro for Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 is THE best power user system tweaking tool (freeware for personal use). Tweaks 1600+ hidden GUI, System, Boot, Security, Network, Internet, DOS, MS IE, MS OE etc... settings for MAXimum performance. [TweakUI on steroids! ;)] And did I mention it's also free? ;)

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8-11-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


HOTDOG PROFESSIONAL 5.5 EASTER EGG


This cool Egg appears courtesy of Robert.

"Take for granted, just about every program has an Easter Egg hidden somewhere. HotDog Professional 5.5 just so happens to be one of them. The HTML tag "PIRATE" gives access to the Egg. Go to the "HTML Tags" listing, and bring up the Properties for the "PIRATE" tag. That is only the 1st part of this Easter Egg.
The 2nd part lies in the HTML Help within the "HTML Property Sheet". Go to:

HotDog5_Install_Directory\HTMLHelp\pirate.html

to activate the 2nd half.

NOTE: HotDog Professional is an excellent 32-bit HTML editing tool [shareware, 30 days free trial] for Windows 9x/NT/2000/ME/XP."

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8-11-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W31-11D.ZIP:


WINDOWS/WFWG 3.1x CLIPBOARD EASTER EGG


This Egg applies to ALL Windows 3.1x and Windows for WorkGroups 3.1x Clipboard (Clipbrd.exe) releases.
Follow these steps to activate the Egg:

  1. (Double-)click the Clipboard icon from the Program Manager Accessories group, or CLIPBRD.EXE in C:\WINDOWS from File Manager.
  2. Click on Help from the Contents menu.
  3. Select the letter i from the last line of Topics.
  4. Click on the different flags that appear to view the developer credits.

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7-15-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WORD 2000 EASTER EGG


This "fresh" Microsoft Word 2000 "hatch" was brought to light thanks to The Captain.

  1. "Create a new document.
  2. Click Help About.
  3. Hold down CTRL + ALT + SHIFT.
  4. Click the bottom line.
  5. It will display the splash screen normally shown when Word 2000 is first opened."

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5-26-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR/COMMUNICATOR EASTER EGGS - Part DEUX


Some of these Easter Eggs apply ONLY to Netscape Navigator/Communicator v3.0x and/or v4.xx web browsers.

  1. Things you can do with the built-in (internal) "about:" command [command names are case insensitive, but ALL characters after the colon (:) MUST be typed in lower case]:

    • about: = Netscape and built-in components + supported standards version info
    • about:authors = Netscape developers list [Netscape 1.0x ONLY]
    • about:cache = disk cache info [Netscape 2.0x and above ONLY]
    • about:document = current web page info
    • about:global = global history entries list [Netscape 2.0x and above ONLY]
    • about:globalhistory = global history entries list [Netscape 2.0x and above ONLY]
    • about:image-cache = memory cached images info
    • about:license = license agreement text
    • about:logo = Netscape Navigator logo
    • about:namelogo = Netscape and built-in component/supported standard logo. Substitute name (followed by logo without commas or spaces) with one of the following: fc, hs, inso, java, mm, mc, ncc, odi, qt, rsa, sym, td, visi
    • about:memory-cache = memory cache info
    • about:mozilla = see the "NETSCAPE/MOZILLA EASTER EGG - Part 1" topic below
    • about:name = Netscape developer home page. Substitute name (without commas or spaces) with one of the following: ari, atotic, blythe, chouck, dmose, dp, ebina, hagan, jeff, jg, jsw, jwz, karlton, kipp, marca, mlm, montulli, mtoy, paquin, robm, sharoni, terry, timm
    • about:plugins = installed plug-ins info
    • about:url = url information. Substitute url (without commas or spaces) with a valid internet address or IP number. Url prefix (http://, ftp://, news:// etc) required.

  2. The following Netscape 3.0x/4.xx built-in commands that can be typed in the URL Location box REQUIRE to have Java and JavaScript ENABLED [command names are case insensitive, but ALL characters after the colon (:) MUST be typed in lower case]:

    • Javascript: = JavaScript interpreter input form
    • Javascript:eval(x+y) = simple math calculator. Substitute x and y with positive integer or fractional (x.y) decimal (real) numbers. Multiple digits are accepted. Substitute + (add) with the (subtract), * (multiply) or / (divide) symbols to perform one of the 4 basic arithmetical operations.
      NOTE: The JavaScript calculator works also with ALL Microsoft Internet Explorer releases.
    • Livescript: = LiveScript interpreter input form
    • Mocha: = Mocha interpreter input form.

  3. Netscape built-in "hot key combos":

    • Ctrl + Alt + F = The Amazing Fish Cam
    • Ctrl + Alt + S = toggle bottom status bar on/off
    • Ctrl + Alt + T = active connection(s), socket(s) and URL(s) info.
    Netscape Keyboard Shortcuts.
    Netscape 7 Keyboard Shortcuts.

  4. View Mozilla + Netscape browsers command line parameters + about: commands:

  5. Visit Mozilla related web sites:

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4-15-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


NETSCAPE/MOZILLA EASTER EGG - Part 1


This is the most well known Netscape/Mozilla Easter Egg. Works with all Mozilla/Netscape Navigator, Communicator, Gecko, Firefox + SeaMonkey browser releases (all OSes):

  1. Open a Netscape/Mozilla browser window.
  2. Type this command in the URL Location box [command names are case insensitive, but all characters after the colon (:) MUST be typed in lower case]:
    about:mozilla
  3. Press Enter.
  4. This white text on a dark red screen will pop up:

And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days.
from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10

And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.
from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15

Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its numbers grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed crops unto the fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new world in their own image as promised by the sacred words, and spoke of the beast with their children. Mammon awoke, and lo! it was naught but a follower.
from The Book of Mozilla, 11:9
(10th Edition)

The twins of Mammon quarrelled. Their warring plunged the world into a new darkness, and the beast abhorred the darkness. So it began to move swiftly, and grew more powerful, and went forth and multiplied. And the beasts brought fire and light to the darkness.
from The Book of Mozilla, 15:1

More details.
From the "horse's mouth";)

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4-15-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


ANOTHER MS IE EASTER EGG


Another Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0x/5.xx/6.xx Easter Egg:

  1. Open an Internet Explorer window.
  2. Type this command in the URL Address box [command names are case insensitive, but ALL characters after the colon (:) MUST be typed in lower case]:
    about:mozilla
  3. Click the Go button (ONLY IF you have MS IE 5.xx/6.xx) or press Enter.
  4. An empty blue screen will pop up.

No Netscape "beast" allowed here... ;)

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3-30-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


OUTLOOK EXPRESS EASTER EGG


Kindly sent in by Ari.

  1. "Click the Compose Message toolbar button.
  2. Select Format Rich Text (HTML) from the menu.
  3. Click on the body of the message.
  4. Select the font box and type "athena" (without quotation marks).
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Close the Compose Message window.
  7. Go back to the main Outlook Express window.
  8. Select the Outlook Express icon above Inbox, on the left hand side.
  9. Click on an empty space between, for example, Read Mail and Read News.
  10. Type about to launch the Easter Egg."

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2-5-99 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN98 EASTER EGG - Part 3


This is an easier way of getting the Win98 Easter Egg on your Desktop:

  1. Right-click on an empty spot on your Desktop.
  2. Select New Shortcut.
  3. Browse to the folder C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Welcome.
  4. (Double-)click on Weldata.exe to select it as your shortcut's command line.
  5. Click Finish to save your shortcut.
  6. Right-click on your newly created shortcut and select Properties.
  7. Click the Shortcut tab, and add this string (EXACTLY as shown here):
    You_are_a_real_rascal
    after typing a space at the end of Weldata.exe, in the Target area.
  8. In the Run area, select Minimized.
  9. Click OK/Apply to save your changes.
  10. (Double-)click your new shortcut to enjoy the show!

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12-16-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


FRONTPAGE EASTER EGG


This Easter Egg can be activated using ANY 32-bit release of Microsoft FrontPage or FrontPage Express. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Start the FrontPage Explorer.
  2. Hold down the Shift key.
  3. Click Help and then click About.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Keep holding down the Shift key, click again on Help and click About for the second time.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Keep holding down the Shift key, click again on Help and click About for the third time.

Now you should see the credits screen and hear a song playing.

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11-10-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


MS OFFICE 95 EASTER EGG


The MS Office 95 Easter Egg can be activated from any Office application: Access, Word, PowerPoint or Excel. Word (Winword.exe) was used here to demonstrate the necessary steps:

  1. Start the Word Answer Wizard.
  2. In the Answer Wizard screen, type these words:
    Computer smile
  3. Select "How Do I... Make my computer smile".
  4. Look at the answer, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Right Arrow to see a "Cast of Characters" (bitmaps) of the 49 people who created Winword Help.

NOTE: You need to activate the Windows HELP Topic Keys in order for this HELP based Easter Egg to work properly (i.e. Ctrl + Shift + Right Arrow combo). See "HELP!", also in TIPS95.TXT [part of W95-11D.EXE], for details.

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9-22-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN98 EASTER EGG - Part DEUX


This cool Win98 Easter Egg tip add-on appears courtesy of The Captain. Thanks a lot Cap'!

"When you run the Win98 Easter Egg, a temporary HTML file is placed in the same folder as Weldata.exe: C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\WELCOME. If you open this folder before running the Easter Egg, and then run the Easter Egg, the HTML file will be visible for a short time. Now rapidly copy this file to another folder (since it will be deleted very soon). Then go back and place WELCOME.WAV in the same folder as the HTML file. This way you can run the Easter Egg HTML file anytime."

NOTE: You NEED to have kept Welcome.exe (or reinstall it using Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet) and all its files/libraries for this Easter Egg to work!

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7-27-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


PLUS! 98 EASTER EGG


This Microsoft Plus! Pack add-on for Windows 98 Egg was sent in by The Captain.

"You must have Deluxe CD Player installed. Open it.
Go to the Edit Playlist dialog for any song.
Type in "Microsoft Plus! 98 Product Team" for the artist (no quotes).
Type in Credits for the title.
Hold down the CTRL key and click Cancel.
You will see a new root level item in the tree view of the album database called "Microsoft Plus! 98 Product Team". Expand it to see the team names."

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7-7-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WORD 97 EASTER EGG


Sent in courtesy of The Captain.

"Run MS Word 97:

  1. Open a New document.
  2. Type Blue.
  3. Select Word.
  4. Go to Format, then Font.
  5. Choose Font Style: Bold, Color: Blue.
  6. Type a space after the word Blue.
  7. Go to Help, then About Microsoft Word.
  8. Ctrl + Shift + left-click on the Word icon.
  9. Use Z for left flipper, M for right flipper, and Escape to exit.
Voila, a hidden Pinball game.
To activate this Egg you MUST have installed MS Office 97 Service Release 1 (SR-1) or newer."

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6-17-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN98 "MEMPHIS" EASTER EGG


The Windows 98 Easter Egg has been "unleashed" by The Captain.

"To do this, follow these steps exactly: left-click and drag from CAIRO, EGYPT to MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, and then to REDMOND, WASHINGTON, without releasing the mouse button.
This is done on the time zone map when you open the Date/Time applet from Control Panel.
There is a "Thank you" to all Win98 beta testers at the end."

See this picture for details."

Get Win98 Easter Egg in HTML format [10 KB, free].

NOTES:

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6-17-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


EXCEL 97 EASTER EGG


Appears courtesy of David, and works ONLY with Microsoft Excel 97.

  1. "Run Excel 97 and open a new spreadsheet.
  2. Press F5 (goto command function).
  3. Type X97:L97 in the reference box. Click OK.
  4. Then press Tab. (You should now be at cell M97).
  5. Hold Ctrl + Shift down while left-clicking the Chart Wizard icon on the toolbar.

The flying simulator pyramid game! Find the Monolith with the programmers messages.
Move your mouse to manoeuvre, the right button to accelerate (forward) and the left button to decelerate (reverse). Exit by hitting Escape.
With DirectX installed the background landscape appears as 3D pyramids and other geometric shapes, and you can use the arrow keys to fly over and/or under.
Far away ahead there is a stone monitor planted in the ground. When you get closer to it you can see the names of the development team scrolling by."

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5-12-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN95 HOOPS GAME EASTER EGG


This Egg works ONLY with the original (retail) release of Windows 95, WITHOUT MS Internet Explorer 3/4/5/6 installed!

  1. Left-click the Start button.
  2. Left-click Help.
  3. Select the Index tab.
  4. In the text box, type "hoops please" (no quotes).
  5. Press Enter or click OK.
  6. Press and hold simultaneusly Ctrl + Alt + Del.
  7. Click the Yes/OK button or press Enter to shut down Windows 95.
  8. Sit back and enjoy the hoops game!

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5-12-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W31-11D.ZIP:


WINDOWS/WFWG 3.1x EASTER EGG


This Egg applies to ALL Windows 3.1x and Windows for WorkGroups 3.1x releases, but ONLY to the programs installed by Windows/WfWG Setup.

  1. Open Program Manager, File Manager or any other standard program bundled with Windows/WfWG.
  2. Hold down Ctrl + Shift together throughout this entire Egg.
  3. Click Help click About.
  4. (Double-)click the Windows logo in the upper left corner of the dialog box.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 to see the logo waving like a flag and this message:

    "Dedicated to all the hard-working people on the Microsoft Windows 3.10 Team!"

  7. Repeat steps 3 to 5 a third time to see a cartoon character pointing to a list with the names and cartoons of Windows/WfWG developers.
  8. Repeat steps 3 to 5 again (for a total of 4 times) to see the names and cartoons of these MS VIPs:

    • Bill Gates (MS CEO, guy with glasses)
    • Steve Ballmer (MS Executive VP, bald guy)
    • Brad Silverberg (MS Personal Systems VP, guy with beard)
    • T-Bear (Teddy Bear, Windows 3.10 team mascot).

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4-29-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


SOLITAIRE EASTER EGG


This Egg works with all Windows 3.xx/9x/NT/2000/ME/XP releases of Solitaire (%windir%\Sol.exe).

  1. Run Sol.exe.
  2. Click Game Options Draw 3 (cards).
  3. Click Game Deal.
  4. Hold down Shift + Ctrl + Alt together and left-click once on the card deck to draw only 1 card at a time (instead of 3).
  5. (Double-)click the close/exit button or hit simultaneously Alt + F4 to exit Solitaire.

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4-29-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


MINESWEEPER EASTER EGGS + CHEATS


This Egg works with the MineSweeper (%windir%\Winmine.exe) releases bundled with all Windows/WfWG 3.1x and NTx/2000/XP/2003 editions.
This Egg works also with Windows 95/98/ME, but ONLY IF Explorer Desktop shell (%windir%\Explorer.exe) is NOT loaded. You MUST use any other Windows shell, i.e. Program Manager (%windir%\Progman.exe) instead.
More info.
This Egg does NOT work with Windows Vista MineSweeper (%windir%\SYSTEM32\Minesweeper.exe).

NOTE: You MUST disable ALL animated cursors FIRST by replacing them with static cursors!

  1. First close or minimize all other running programs.
  2. Run Winmine.exe.
  3. Type (case insensitive):
    xyzzy
    and then hold down the Shift key.
  4. Release and then hold down Shift again, or left-click once on the happy yellow face.

Now whenever your mouse cursor is over one of the mines, you'll see a tiny little pixel at the end of your mouse cursor (or a black dot in the upper left hand corner of your screen). The pixel disappears (or the dot becomes white) if your mouse is not over a mine spot.

UPDATES:

MORE MINESWEEPER CHEATS:

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4-29-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


HEARTS EASTER EGG


This Egg works with all Windows 3.xx/9x/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003 releases of Microsoft Hearts (%windir%\Mshearts.exe).

  1. Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 users: run Regedit.exe (Windows Registry Editor, located in your main Windows folder) and go to:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Hearts

    In the right hand pane: create a new String value, name it ZB (case insensitive) and give it a Data value of 42. Close Regedit when done.
  2. Windows/WfWG 3.xx users [Thank you Roger!]: open your WIN.INI file (located in your main Windows directory) in Notepad, scroll down to the [HEARTS] section (or create it if not present), and add this new line underneath it (case insensitive):

    ZB=42

    Save your file and exit Notepad.
  3. Now run Mshearts.exe, play at least one hand, and then during gameplay press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F12 (or F4 if using Windows XP/2003) at the same time to activate the cheat. ;)
  4. Have fun!

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4-29-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


POWERPOINT 95/97 EASTER EGG


Many thanks Antonio for this cool Easter Egg:

"For those who have Powerpoint 95 or 97, when you go to Help then About Microsoft Powerpoint, click on the Powerpoint logo and a little fireworks display will appear with a list of programmers. I don't know if this works with previous Powerpoint versions."

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4-8-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


3D TEXT EASTER EGGS


These Windows 95B/95C OSR2.x, NT 3.5x/4.0, 98/98 SE + ME Easter Eggs are hidden into the 3D Text (OpenGL) Screen Saver, bundled with all these Operating Systems. The file SSTEXT3D.SCR is located in %windir%\System (usually C:\Windows\System) on Win9x/ME systems and in %windir%\System32 (usually C:\Winnt\System32) on WinNT systems.
To activate them, follow these steps EXACTLY:

  1. Right-click on an empty spot on your Desktop.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Select the Screen Saver tab.
  4. Select "3D Text (OpenGL)" from the Screen Saver list.
  5. Click the Settings button.
  6. In the Display area check the Text box.
  7. In the Text box type the following words (case insensitive), depending on the MS OS you are using:

    1. Windows 95B/95C OSR 2.0 - 2.5, 98/98 SE + ME: Type "volcano" (no quotes) and select OK. Click the Preview button. The screen saver text will cycle through a list of famous United States volcanoes.

    2. Windows NT 4.0: Type "not evil" (no quotes) and click OK. Select the Preview button. The screen saver text will cycle through a list of WinNT 4.0 programmers.

    3. Windows NT 3.5x:
      1. Type "I love NT" (no quotes) and click OK. Select the Preview button. The screen saver text will say "good?" and cycle through a list of WinNT 3.5x programmers.
      2. Type "beer" (no quotes) and click OK. Select the Preview button. The screen saver text will cycle through a list of famous beer brands.
      3. Type "rock" (no quotes) and click OK. Select the Preview button. The screen saver text will cycle through a list of famous rock bands.

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4-8-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of both W95-11D.EXE + W31-11D.ZIP:


FREECELL EASTER EGGS + CHEATS


This Egg works with all FreeCell (%windir%\Freecell.exe) releases bundled with Win32s 32-bit Add-on Extensions for Windows/WfWG 3.1x, with Windows 95/98/ME and NT/2000/XP.

NOTE: Windows/WfWG 3.1x users need to install Microsoft Win32s 32-bit Extensions v1.30c Add-on [2.41 MB, free] for this Egg to work, because Freecell.exe is a Win32 (32-bit) application, and it is included ONLY with MS Win32s.

Run the Freecell shortcut/icon from:Now follow these steps EXACTLY to activate the Egg while playing a Freecell game:

  1. Hold down Ctrl + Shift + F10 together.
  2. A dialog box shows up with 4 choices: Abort, Win, Retry or Cancel.
  3. Click Abort and move (drag) any card to the top to win the game.

MORE FREECELL CHEATS:

  1. Courtesy of Ari:
    "Start a game. If you have moved a wrong card, quickly press F10 before clicking another card. It's the Undo button."
  2. To sort all cards by color and in:
    • ascending order: click Game click Select Game (hit F3) click Yes to cancel game in progress type -1 click OK.
    • descending order: click Game click Select Game (hit F3) click Yes to cancel game in progress type -2 click OK.
  3. Courtesy of Nathan:
    "If you realize you can't possibly win anymore, just hit Ctrl + Alt + Del simultaneously and select End Task to close Freecell.
    Ignore the dialog asking to exit Freecell and wait for Windows to tell you this program isn't responding, or try to close it again without adressing the dialog box. Voila! You have successfully ended the game without recording a loss."

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2-25-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WORD VIEWER EASTER EGG


This Egg works with all Microsoft Word Viewer 97/2000 releases for Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 [3.76 MB, English].
MS Office + MS Word users do NOT need to install MS Word Viewer!
Courtesy of Antonio.

"Run MS Word Viewer (WORDVIEW.EXE = located by default in C:\Program Files\WordView) go to Help click About Word Viewer hold down SHIFT + CTRL + ALT at the next screen click on the glasses: a new screen with the Word Viewer programmers will pop up."

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2-25-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


IE 4.0X EASTER EGG


The MS IE 4.0x Easter Egg was kindly sent in by The Captain.

"There is a new Easter Egg in all final release versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0x. To find it, open the MS IE4 browser and choose "About Internet Explorer" from the help menu. The "About" dialog box appears. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the IE logo in the upper right corner of the dialog box. With the Ctrl key down, you can drag it around the dialog box.
Then move the IE logo over the globe and then to the right, so that it hits the "Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0" text. If you do this correctly, the text will move off the right side of the dialog, revealing a button named "Unlock". Drop the logo that you have been dragging around and click the "Unlock" button. The globe will start a shaking motion. Pick up the logo again (Ctrl-click) and drag it onto the globe. A new dialog box opens and a scrolling list of credits appears. Enjoy!"

UPDATE:

Other cool ways to activate the IE4 Easter Egg:

  1. Turn off the graphics in the Advanced options, then click Help About.
  2. Type this in IE4's address bar:
    JavaScript:window.name="TheWCEE";
    Press Enter. Then type this:
    res://shdocvw.dll/wcee.htm
    Press Enter again.

JavaScript needs to be enabled for this to work, but the IE4 Easter Egg uses JavaScript anyway.
Then if you have a Win95 keyboard, press the Menu key and then V (view source) to display the HTML code.
Note that this Egg keeps track of mouse clicks, so you can't right-click to pop up the menu.

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2-25-98 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN95 EASTER EGG FOLDER


To get the Windows 95 hidden Easter Egg on your Desktop, create a new folder with this EXACT name (cut & paste line below):

The Microsoft Windows 95 Product Team!.{869DADA0-42A0-1069-A2E7-08002B30309D}

UPDATES:

  1. Thank you Suffia for the necessary corrections to make the Win95 Easter Eggs work properly on ALL Windows 95 retail and 95a OSR1 systems.

  2. "This Win95 Egg might NOT work on some Win95 systems with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4/5 with the Active Desktop enabled, or/and if you use Win95B/95C OSR 2.x!"
    This update courtesy of Jason.

  3. "The bonus sound and scrolling authors Easter Egg can be done in one step on any Win95 version regardless of desktop components. I have ActiveX Desktop and Internet Explorer 4.01 installed and it loads up fine. Can even go full screen with it. You can also create this folder on the Desktop."
    This update courtesy of Bill "DrDeath".

  4. "This Win95 Egg does NOT work in Windows 98. Calling the folder "... Windows 98 ..." doesn't help.
    In non-US versions of Windows 95 (at least in the German version) you must first rename the folder to "New Folder", and then to "and now, ...".
    This Win95 Egg will leave its sound track in the file Clouds.mid in the \Windows\Media subdirectory. I suppose this is a sound resource of Explorer.exe, Shell32.dll or whatever, which can be extracted directly, but I couldn't find out how."
    This update courtesy of Christoph.

NOTE: You NEED to have kept Welcome.exe (or reinstall it using Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet) and all its files/libraries for this Easter Egg to work with ALL Windows 95/OSR2 releases!

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10-10-97 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN95 EASTER EGG - Part DEUX


Another interesting Win95 "Easter Egg" procedure. Follow these steps EXACTLY:

  1. Press F1 (the main Help screen opens).
  2. Click Search from the button bar.
  3. Click the Find tab (the Help Wizard will open).
  4. Click Options in the Find dialog box.
  5. Select "All the words you typed in any order" from the top bordered menu.
  6. Select "begin with the characters you type" OR "contain the characters you type" from the second bordered menu from the top.
  7. Click OK (to return to the main dialog box).
  8. In the top box (at the cursor), enter EXACTLY these words:
    Who knows who built this tool?
  9. Hold down Shift-Ctrl and click the Clear button.
  10. Click Options again.
  11. In the top bordered menu select "At least one of the words you type".
  12. Click OK (to return to the main dialog box).
  13. In the top box (at the cursor), enter EXACTLY these words:
    The Shadow knows!
  14. Hold down Shift-Ctrl and click the Clear button.

If you followed these instructions EXACTLY, you should see the scrolling animation of the names of the Microsoft staff who contributed to the making of Windows 95.

NOTE: You NEED to have kept Welcome.exe (or reinstall it using Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet) and all its files/libraries for this Easter Egg to work with ALL Windows 95/OSR2 releases!

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7-2-97 Easter Egg in EGGS.TXT, part of W95-11D.EXE:


WIN95 EASTER EGG - Part 1


To see the undocumented Windows 95 Easter Egg, create a new folder on the Desktop and name it EXACTLY like this:
and now, the moment you've all been waiting for
Then rename it to:
we proudly present for your viewing pleasure
Rename this folder again to:
The Microsoft Windows 95 Product Team!
(Double-)click the new folder and enjoy the show!

UPDATES:

  1. Thank you Suffia for the necessary corrections to make the Win95 Easter Eggs work properly on ALL Windows 95 retail and 95a OSR1 systems.

  2. "This Win95 Egg might NOT work on some Win95 systems with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4/5 with the Active Desktop enabled, or/and if you use Win95B/95C OSR 2.x!"
    This update courtesy of Jason.

  3. "The bonus sound and scrolling authors Easter Egg can be done in one step on any Win95 version regardless of desktop components. I have ActiveX Desktop and Internet Explorer 4.01 installed and it loads up fine. Can even go full screen with it. You can also create this folder on the Desktop."
    This update courtesy of Bill "DrDeath".

  4. "This Win95 Egg does NOT work in Windows 98. Calling the folder "... Windows 98 ..." doesn't help.
    In non-US versions of Windows 95 (at least in the German version) you must first rename the folder to "New Folder", and then to "and now, ...".
    This Win95 Egg will leave its sound track in the file Clouds.mid in the \Windows\Media subdirectory. I suppose this is a sound resource of Explorer.exe, Shell32.dll or whatever, which can be extracted directly, but I couldn't find out how."
    This update courtesy of Christoph.

NOTE: You NEED to have kept Welcome.exe (or reinstall it using Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet) and all its files/libraries for this Easter Egg to work with ALL Windows 95/OSR2 releases!

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