How to Find the Easter Egg in Microsoft Excel

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In the technology world, the term “Easter egg” refers to a hidden feature that requires some special code or combination of actions to access; in software products, it refers to hidden credits listing the developers of that software. Excel 95, 97 and 2000 all have Easter eggs; later versions of Excel do not have Easter eggs. The Easter eggs for Excel are impressive, and many include mini games you can play before you see the credits.

Excel 95 Easter Egg

  • Open a new workbook and select row 95, and then press the Tab key to get to cell B95.

  • Go to Help > About Microsoft Excel. Press Ctrl+Shift while clicking “Tech Support.” This will open the Hall of Tortured Souls.

  • Go through the hall and up the stairs using the arrow keys until you reach the credits screen.

  • Go back downstairs, and type the password “excelkfa” when you reach a dead end. Navigate across the catwalk using the arrow keys to see a picture of all the developers.

Excel 97 Easter Egg

  • Open a new workbook and press the F5 key. Type “X97:L97” to select this range of cells, and then press the Tab key to get to cell M97.

  • Press Ctrl+Shift while clicking the “Chart Wizard” button on the toolbar to open a flight simulator game.

  • Move around with the mouse (to steer) and use the left and right arrow keys (to go forward and backward) until you reach a pyramid where the credits are scrolling.

Excel 2000 Easter Egg

  • Open a new workbook. Go to File > Save As and select “Web page” from the “Save as type” drop-down menu.

  • Click “Selection sheet,” check “Add interactivity,” click “Save” and then click “Publish.”

  • Open the web page in Internet Explorer and go to cell WC2000. When that cell is in the upper left corner, select the entire row, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift and click the Office logo in the upper right corner to open a racing game.

  • Navigate using the arrow keys (to control your direction and speed), the space bar (to attack other cars), O (to drop oil slicks) and H (to turn your headlights on). The credits are written on the roadway.

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