Dear Class,

Here are some weird things about Excel that I have not tried myself. Please do not email any of the folks below! If you have a burning question, email it to me and I will ask them.



The following appeared in a mailing list of graduates from my alma mater in
Greece, in March. I have not verified it myself since it refers to Office
95, not 97, and I don't have the older version. It refers to a Doom-style
3d graphics engine within Excel; apparently this got upgraded to a flight
sim in Excel 97.


>    1. Open a new file.
>    2. Scroll down until you see row 95.
>    3. Click on the row 95 button, this highlights the whole row
>    4.Press tab, to move to the second column.
>    5. Now, move your mouse and click on help THEN about Microsoft Excel
>    6. Press ctrl-alt-shift and click on the tech support button
>   simultaneously.
>   This is really eerie has a doom style format and you can walk
>   all around the hall (use your arrow keys)...and on the sides of the
>   walls are the names of the tortured souls....
>   This will open the blank wall to reveal another secret passage, walk
>   through the passage and DO NOT fall off (this is the hard part!), when you
>   get to the end, you will see something really, really eerie....

Subject: excel test flight

ok...since numerous responses occurred, here's how to test fly excel 97:

Start up MS Excel 97, and open a NEW worksheet (by clicking NEW on the FILE

Now, press the "F5" key and a dialogue box will pop up with the cursor in the
 "Reference" field. Type in exactly X97:L97 in the reference field. That's
  capital X and captial L.
Now, hit the tab key, and cell "M97" ought to be highlighted.
Now, hold the control (ctrl) and shift keys and click on the chart wizard
  icon. The chart wizard icon should be on the menu bar at the top, with
  the blue-yellow-red bar chart.

The screen will go blank for a moment, and the flight simulator will 
come up. You fly by moving the mouse left or right and the left and right
mouse buttons to accelerate and decelerate. If you fly around, you will find
various blocks with the "credits" to the programmers....and there are
many people listed. The opening credits, if you can manage to fly
there and stop to see it scroll by, has some weird message "in the
beginning there was nothing...then there was Excel 97" followed by
group names and programmer names." 




I worked at Microsoft in the Excel group for 3 1/2 years, and there are
cool gimicks like this in Excel 5, Excel 95, and Excel 97:

Excel 5:

1)  Maximize everything.
2)  Create a customized toolbar with just one button (the one that looks
like a deck of cards).
3)  Make sure that toolbar is floating over the spreadsheet.
4)  Hold down Ctrl and Shift and left click the button.

Now you will see the names of the developers one at a time, morphing from
one to the other.

Excel 95:

1)  Select the 95th row of the spreadsheet.
2)  Hit Tab so that 95 B is the active cell (but the whole row is still
3)  Bring up the Help/About Excel dialog.
4)  Hold down Ctrl and Shift and left click on the Product Support button.

Now, a doom-like window will come up and you can move around with the
arrows.  If you walk up the flight of stairs, you see the credits.

5)  Move back to the beginning.
6)  Type in "XLKFA".  (A popular e-mail going around about this gets this

Now, a secret passage opens.  If you can traverse a ledge without falling
off, you will get to a back room with a picture of the Excel 95
developers.  It's blurry, but I'm the one in the orange T-shirt!

Excel 97:

1)  Select the cells 97 L..97 X of the spreadsheet.
2)  Hit Tab so that 97 M is the active cell (but L..X are still selected).
3)  Hold down Ctrl and Shift and left click on the Chart button.

Now you will find yourself flying over an unusual looking terrain.  Use
the mouse.  Somewhere, you can find the credits scrolling by on a screen!


On Thu, 4 Jun 1998, Sal Stolfo wrote:

> I know this might seem strange, but...
> Are any of you aware of an embedded flight simulator within Excel 97?
> I have come to learn recently that thru a complex sequence of commands
> within Excel 97, you can launch a flight simulator. And when you fly around
> you can hit upon a scolling credits bar that lists all programmers who
> were involved with its implementation.
> If you knew about this, can you please let me know how you came to know of
> it..and how widely known it may be?  
> Thanks in advance.
> sal
> p.s. If you want to see it in action, let me know and I'll give you the
> command sequence...

Subject: MS Easter Egg sillyness. 

This is another MS word easter egg similar to the
kind that was circulated earlier. 

Worth a smile at any rate.

> 1) open a new word document
> 2) From the Tools Menu, select 'language' - 'set language'
> 3) Choose English (United States)
> 4) In the document, type 'I'd like to see Bill Gates dead'
> 5) Highlight the sentence, and consult the thesaurus (In Tools