QuarkXPress Easter Egg - Killer Alien

1. Make some sort of object (picture box, text box, etc.) anywhere on your page
2. Press Command+Option+Shift K
3. Watch and Enjoy!!!

(I learned this back in art school, and just tried it recently so it should work on several versions of Quark...)

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Contributed By: Douche Bag Numero Uno on 11-13-2000
Reviewed By: Webmaster
Special Requirements: Mac (maybe PC) version of QuarkXPress
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alien   -TRACKMAN
alien -TRACKMAN

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Comments

MBoatner writes:
Here's how it REALLY works in Quark 4 (for Mac anyway): 1. Have at least 5 elements on page. 2. Have the Item tool selected in Tools palette. 3. Select 1 item 4. Hold down the Shift, Option and Command keys. 5. Hit Delete key 6. Watch out for alien!!! 7. Repeat steps 3 and 4. 8. When you get to the 5th item, something different happens.
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Is there a way to do this on a PC? There are no Command or Option keys; generally the equivelent would be CTRL and ALT---but these don't make this particular egg go. The Shift+CTRL+ALT+Delete can't be done on a PC because that sequence is already used for closing programs/rebooting. However: on a PC, make a picture box, select it, then hit Shift+CTRL+ALT+ the letter K and the box will do a sort of slow-dissolve with a water draining sound effect. Not as much fun as an alien, though... I also realize that if you're using Quark on a PC, you probably have bigger problems than e-eggs :)
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Raul writes:
Haven't tried it on 4.1 yet, but with 4.0X, if you keep trying, eventually a larger alien will come out and pull out a rocket launcher and blow up the smaller alien.
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warrior writes:
Actually, I am not sure why is it posted as command+option+shift K to get the little alien. I make an object- looks cooler if it is colored box or circle- and then in the cross arrow selection tool mode, I press shift+option+delete and voila! I did not know about the big alien, but I just tried it and it is hilarious- it took me five deletions or so to have him come up. Quark 4.1
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Sergio writes:
The fifth time that you apply this egg appears a second alien, bigger than the first one. Try it!
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Et23 writes:
I tried it on 4.1, and it works fine, big guy and all. Et23
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Becca writes:
This egg doesn't seem to work on my Powerbook, with Quark 4.1.
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Bonehead writes:
I've tried this egg at my workplace (the only place that I have access to a Mac and Quark). I typeset all day on Quark so I am VERY familiar with all of the quick keys and the overall operation of that particular software. We just upgraded from Version 3.3 to 4.0 and I unfortunately have yet to make this particular egg work (on either version). I'm not sure if it is because we are working on an extended network or if something has been disabled that will not allow this egg to work. Anyone with any thoughts on how I could WOW my coworkers with this egg...let me know.
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sabio writes:
Control+Alt+Shift+K will melt an item in QuarkXPress for Windows (with sound effects). I learned about the alien when I was young and foolish and ran QuarkXPress on a Macintosh. Now I use it on a PC and spend a lot of time either fishing at the lake or hunting at the ranch.
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