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An Easter Egg is a little surprise hidden in a software program, a gift from the programmers to you. Discovering an Easter Egg is always fun. We've adapted these from ones DDM found on The Easter Egg Archive. Please visit them, and support their advertisers.

Access 97 or 2000

  1. Open Access 2000.

  2. Create a new database, or open an existing one.

  3. Create a new Macro.

  4. Without entering any commands, save the macro as “Magic Eight Ball” (no quotes, not case sensitive).

  5. Close the macro.

  6. Drag the macro you just created up to the toolbar. It will create an Icon that looks like a magic eight ball.

  7. Ask yourself a question and click on it!

Access 97

  1. Open Access 97.

  2. Either create a new database or open an existing one.

  3. Create a table

  4. Save it as "Go Speed Racer Go" (no quotes, not case sensitive).

  5. Select About Microsoft Access from the Help menu.

  6. Right Double Click the Access logo.

See the people who brought you Access 97.

Excel 2000

  1. Open Excel 2000.

  2. Select Save as Web Page from the File menu.

  3. Select Save Selection:Sheet and Add Interactivity.

  4. Save the .htm file.

  5. Load the .htm page with IE. You should have Excel in the middle of the page.

  6. Scroll to row 2000, column WC. Select row 2000, and tab so WC is the active column.

  7. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and click the Office logo in the upper-left.

If you have DirectX, you will be taken to an arcade-style racing game. Use the arrow keys to drive, space to fire, O to drop oil slicks, and, when it gets dark, H for headlights. Go ahead, indulge that road rage!

Excel 97

  1. Open Excel 97.

  2. On a new Worksheet, Press F5.

  3. Type “X97:L97” (no quotes, not case sensitive) and press Enter.

  4. Press the Tab key.

  5. Hold Ctrl+Shift and click the Chart Wizard button on the Standard toolbar.

You are flying above a dark, mysterious world. Use the mouse to fly around. Click the left button to go forward, or the right to go backward. Watch for the scrolling marquee on the side of a hill.

FrontPage 97, 98, or 2000

  1. Open FrontPage (in FrontPage 98 or 97, open FrontPage Explorer).

  2. Press and hold Shift.

  3. Select About Microsoft FrontPage from the Help menu 3 times. Click OK the first 2 times.

See the people who brought you FrontPage.

Outlook 2000

  1. Open Outlook 2000.

  2. Type "Ren Hoek" (no quotes) in the Find a Contact box on the toolbar and press Enter. Outlook will say that it cannot find the requested contact.

  3. Select Macro from the Tools menu, then Macros from the submenu.

  4. In the Macro Name: box, type "OL2KRocks" (no quotes).

  5. Click Create.

  6. The About Microsoft Outlook dialog box appears.

  7. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and click OK.

The Outlook 2000 team credits appear, along with a game. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to catch the names in the mailbox.

PowerPoint 2000

  1. Open PowerPoint 2000.

  2. Select About Microsoft PowerPoint from the Help menu.

  3. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and double-click the PowerPoint logo.

See the people who brought you PowerPoint 2000.

PowerPoint 97

  1. Open PowerPoint 97

  2. Select About Microsoft PowerPoint from the Help menu.

  3. Hold Ctrl+Shift+Alt and click the horizontal line under the licensing information three times.

See the people who brought you PowerPoint 97.

Word 2000

  1. Open Word 2000.

  2. Press F1 or click the Microsoft Word Help toolbar button.

  3. Type "Cast" (no quotes) under What would you like to do?

  4. Click Search.

  5. Click the Microsoft Office 2000 User Assistance Staff topic.

  6. Click the graphic in the Microsoft Word Help screen.

See the people who brought you Word help.

Word 2000

  1. Open Word2000.

  2. Select About Microsoft Word from the Help menu.

  3. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT and click the horizontal line at the bottom of the dialog box.

The Microsoft Word 2000 logo appears. Left-click it to close it.

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