Excel Easter Egg - Excel 97 Flight to Credits

1. On a new Worksheet, Press F5
2. Type X97:L97 and hit enter
3. Press the tab key
4. Hold Ctrl-Shift
5. Click on the Chart Wizard toolbar button
6. Use mouse to fly around - Right button forward/ Left button reverse

N.B. You need to have direct draw installed for this egg. If you don't, you'll get the message: "This would be much more interesting if you were running with DirectDraw. But you're not, so this will have to suffice", and the credits will appear.

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Contributed By: Anonymous on 07-19-1999
Reviewed By: Webmaster
Special Requirements: Microsoft Excel 97
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Jebus writes:
Sorry for being stupid, but where is the chart wizard button??? :)
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HELP!!! When I clicked on chart wizard nothing happened except the chat wizard came up. Please someone e-mail me!!
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cheezfri writes:
This doesn't work in Excel2000
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The Dialog preceding the credits (for Excel 97 in my case) is as follows: In The Beginning There Was Nothing... Then There Was Excel 97 Hmm.. Okay, Before That There Were Some Other Versions Of Excel And Some Nachos. But Nothing Else... And Excel 97 Did Calceth Thy Numbers And It Hath Plotteth Thy Data. And Lo, It Was Draggeth-And-Droppethed Into Thy Lesser Applications. And This Was Good And The World Was At Peace And Stuff. CREDITS
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bingo writes:
Got in. Fly around until you spot a scrolling tablet. The tablet lists the software authors........and some nachos..........
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Comenius writes:
Left button forward, right reverse. ESC to exit. Way cool.
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eggberta writes:
Help me! The same thing happened to me that happened to some person up there, I forgot the name. When I enter the X97:L97 and press enter it says, The text you entered is not a valid reference or defined name." It is driving me crazy, I don't understand what went wrong. Please respond.
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jfweggman writes:
This is a cool egg. How do you keep from rotating constantly, though?
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Just writes:
For those who are hard of reading; for better control in flight remember to use an equal number of clicks on the right and left mouse buttons to slow down or stop, as they cancel each other out.
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Kevin writes:
Be sure to fly around for a while to find the "mountain of credits..." and then be sure to watch the credits long enough to read their introduction!
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Ahem... Everybody listen up.. I HEREBY DECLARE THIS THE COOLEST EASTER EGG KNOWN IN THY UNIVERSE. SO LET US REJOICE IN EXCEL. Thank You
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This is so cool...fly around the purple landscape until you get to a grey area. That's where the "credit mountain" is. They're scrolling on one side of the mountain.
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Rhianan writes:
for anyone having trouble getting this to work check that the selection moves to m97 after pressing tab. if it goes to to ae97 then you need to go into options from the tools menu and un-check transition navigation keys on the transitions tab. it should now work properly. did for me anyway. ^_^
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Hausfrau007 writes:
The speed is controlled by how long/often you click the left mouse button. The less you click it/hold it down, the slower you go. Try not to hold down the mousebutton, as this speeds the program up too much.
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SSTARZ writes:
OK OK I figured this out MYSELF in 5th grade and it's really-really-amazingly-wicked-cool....it's not that hard...and yes, it works on Excel 2000 (my school has that and I play it while I'm supposed to be working on stuff...heh-heh ^^;...) So yeah, you HAVE to make sure that this is the absolute first thing you've done on Excel or it WILL NOT WORK - I've tested this. When you first open Excel, it's document1 and the first thing you do is punch in the code. I love it love it love it love it love it! (OK carried away... ^^;;
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orba writes:
Hmmm The chart wizzard for morons is one of multi colored squares to the centre of the tool bar (below the menu). Everyone should eventually find the mountain and seabed as it is a loop. ****NEWSFLASH Microsoft no longer shipping embedded eggs in windows software as Id Software threatens to sue in under anti-compitition laws.**** Damm cool
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for Raye-chan and eggberta: it is giving you an error because your columns are numbered instead of alphabetized; therefore column X and L doesn't exist. Change your columns and try again.... cool egg!
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KJBoarder writes:
the control is left button forward, right button backward
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By far one of the best eggs I have ever seen. I rate it a 20 and give it 4 thumbs up!! (Well, I would if it were possible)
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computadude writes:
Tried this on a computer that had the SR-2 update for Office '97 and couldn't get it to work. A box showed up on the taskbar for about a second, then disappeared. I installed the bare-bones Office (without any templates, help, or wizards) and it worked on the 1st attempt. Pretty cool. Between you & me, it's better than the egg in Excel 2000, which also works.
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cheaterboy writes:
To alpha_nick: No, this egg takes up hardly any space at all. Read the FAQ for this site. It refers to this egg in the "How much space do eeggs take up on my hard drive" or something like that. Do you know anything about eeggs?
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MissingNO writes:
Works only in Excel 97!!!!
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Roger Que writes:
Two other ways to do this instead of X97:L97: 1) Hit F5 or click in the location box, and type in L97:X97, or 2) Click on L97 and select all the way to X97 All you really have to do is find a way to select from L97 to X97, and then afterwards you can just hit Tab, etc. Just make sure the white box is on M97 when you hit Tab.
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Raye-chan writes:
I can't get this to work! When I hit enter, a little bubble comes up and says it's invalid, and then when I do the rest of the steps nothing happens! Anyone wanna help me?
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Blue Iguana writes:
Pretty kewl. A little bit dark and takes some getting used to. If you really like the movement of it and would be into a game that is similar, try Magic Carpet. The graphics are fun and it's an interesting game. Good with a joystick.
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Anonymous writes:
Likewise, read about it in TIME. Thank you TIME. For those of you who always miss the first few words, the message recurs once every 5 mins 55 secs. Or it could recur twice...I don't know, didn't stay around long enough to find out. The lake mentioned above is straight ahead after you've finished reading the message.
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jeffdee writes:
To return quickly to the game from your Recent Documents folder on the Start menu, Save the spreadsheet as game_file.xls or whatever right after you've gotten to the 'press Tab once' step. (The 97th row should be selected with the highlight on the second column when you save) Quit Excel and go to Start, Documents, game_file.xls (or whatever.xls you named it) When the spreadsheet opens, the 97th row should still be highlighted - just hold Ctl-Shift and click the Chart button. When you quit the game and close the file, don't save any changes.
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There is also a lake of "water" where the purple land bobs up and down kinda like ripples. You have to fly low to the ground and it is near one of the drop-offs of a cliff.
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scratch writes:
Once I exit (escape) the flight simulator, I can't get back in unless I close Xcel and start over again. True, or did I miss something?
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everclearfan writes:
There is more than one credits mountain, so just fly around till you see one. Very cool!!!
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I just get the message " This would be much more intresting if you had directdraw but since you dont this will have to suffice and it shows the names of the devlopers
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ddnicole writes:
It won't work for me. I'm following the directions precisely, and it won't work. What could I be doing wrong?
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Jebus writes:
Nevermind, I didnt have a normal toolbar so it wasnt there... Made it normal, and now it is.... :)
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Great fun at school in those boring lessons!!!! EEGGS.COM Rocks!!!!!
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CompuGeek writes:
Help! I can't find the house or lake! I keep returning to the mountain of credits! Help!
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Darth Iya writes:
I found that after I did this once, it didn't work on the same spreadsheet again. so I just closed the whole program and it worked fine. I also found that if I did one unsuccessful attempt, then I would have to close the program and open it again for it to work. But you can still minimize this thing. And if you do, then its title is: [insert windows symbol] ??????? Now thats just funny.
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guale writes:
Sorry for being stupid, but where is the Chart Wizard Toolbar?
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Bythos writes:
Can't find it, I tried it multiple times.
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Pete writes:
In reply to Scott Davey: Whaen did microsoft ever get anything perfect?
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MissingNO writes:
I would give this a 10.1 (not a misprint). this egg is not good...IT'S FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!! Use an optical mouse for precise steering. Don't try touchpad-style mouse because it sucks when you're using it for this egg.
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Sir Drak writes:
I've found a big surprise in the south-east of the map Look at that!!
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Peace writes:
The credits are directly to your left at the beginning... WAY COOL!!!!!!!!
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alpha_nick writes:
This is a great egg. I can find the lake and the credits, but I can't find the house yet or the robot. The only problem is that if there is someone who doesn't know this egg, it is a huge waste of space, because this egg probably takes up more space than Excel 97 itself with all the graphics and everything. But, other than that, it is a great egg.:)
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kirakira writes:
I don't know where the thing wizard button is ether. I cant get any of these eggs to work!
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Roger Que writes:
This is a *really* cool egg. The question marks in the title are just strange characters out of character range, IMO. I have the Chinese encoding enabled, me being Chinese, and I see a bunch of characters that have no meaning.
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ben writes:
I now that if you don't have direct draw installed on your pc, it just shows the credits but where do you get direct draw from???
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Scott Davey writes:
Cool, but the horizon tilts the wrong way. Turn left, and the horizon should rotate anti-clockwise... No matter, it rocks anyway.
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john pepper writes:
This kicks a**, but why is the water purple and whats with the nachos? Anyway, I rekon this is the coolest egg
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A++ so cool....
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Tom writes:
Apparently there is a robot that moves very fast some where on the landscape but only the excel 97 programmers, testers and Bill Gates have ever seen it!!
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leon writes:
Para usuarios en español: chart wizard significa "boton asistente para graficos " y se localiza en la barra de herramientas estandar. si usar un mouse para controlar el simulador es dificil para ti, destapa el mouse por debajo y mueve las barras negras.
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julzfly writes:
this is awesome!!!
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Spazmo writes:
Holy Sh*t!!!!! This is so cool! I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before! I agree w/ The Unknown Cow's Decree! This is soooooooooo awesome!
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this is sooooooooo cool it IS the coolest egg i love the purple lava! its cool how u can go through the mountains
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hobol writes:
This is the coolest egg around, nice graphics too. THIS ONE DEFINITELY ROCKS!!!!!!!
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Sonic writes:
I tried this one more than a dozen times. It wouldn't work for me. Did I miss something?
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Imei writes:
I can't find any house,are you sure Jack King?
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skedar writes:
Holy Toledo, You can make this baby fly!!!
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Ashuri writes:
This is a really cool egg! But, where is the house? I found the mountain of credits first thing and came across the lake about a million times, but I found no sign of the house or a robot or anything else. Help!
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It worked for me then when I tried it again, it didn't do anything. I did it many times and made sure I did all the steps right and it still didn't work. If this happened to anybody else, tell me how to get it right. Otherwise this egg is sweet!
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Walrus writes:
Just a note to say.... THIS IS THE BEST EGG IN THE WORLD!!!
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I read about it in Time too. Its really cool but it looks like an area of hell that has already burned away. Very scary! But I instantly found the credits.
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DrD writes:
I've been told that if you type something while looking at the credit's all the colours change. How do you do this?
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dave writes:
I've tried numerous times to open this egg. I can tell that the m97 cell is acting differently(ie the chart wizard does not acutally open), but that is all that happens. Any suggestions?
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falcon writes:
Where is the house? I can't find it. But this is still the ultimate egg! It does sort of copys the Bible when it says "At first there ws nothing. And then there was EXCEL 97. Hmm...Okay, before that there were other versions of Excel. And some nachos. But nothing else..."
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The_Operator writes:
Can anyone give a full transcription of the text at the beginning Thanx
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chris writes:
I can,t get this to work on this machine. I saw the egg about 3years ago in another office but when I try it here all I get is a blank screen. Any suggestions?
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Jack King writes:
I love the lake. Anyone found the house yet? It's quite a way past the lake. Just keep looking. It's purple as are most things. I can't believe people can't controll it or find the credits mountain. Both are blatantly easy.
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Nathan44 writes:
I think the whole point of the game is to find some little white eggs that keep moving around. They're most likely in the areas where the floor is grey, like near the credits area. This egg works both on Excel 97 and 2000.
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TheOldOne writes:
The geometry of this world is a sphere. If you navigate slowly along any side of the "house" (which is actually more like an open shrine or raised pedastal) and continue straight ahead, you will end up back at the same place.
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KoRn!!!! writes:
hey man, this thing goes way too fast for me, I have a nVIDIA Geforce2 Ultra video card, is this an incompatibility or something?
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Eon writes:
Cool egg, BUT has anyone noticed that the good old Microsoft Programmers have got things backwards? Normal flight sims (like normal aeroplanes) bank right when turning left and vise versa. This one is all backwards, makes me sick when trying to control it! Makes you wonder what other blatant errors are in the real spreadsheet code.....
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I followed the steps exactly but it didn't work!
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jjdaes writes:
I read an article a while ago about this egg and it said there is a roving robot but I can't find it
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sparkie writes:
I noticed that many people say they go to fast. Try clicking the right mouse button a couple times. Coolest EEG.
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#1 Chevy Fan writes:
I have been looking and I have not found a house I wonder if if it even exists I am pretty sure it is not anywhere in this egg!
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tans writes:
well i just heard about these eeggs thingys, way cool, if you surf around the planet thing, you will find the gray area where there is a bunch of cool credits with little notes. then you will find, just past it, a bubbling type structure, im searching for more folks, later
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Watchman® writes:
This is really the best Easter Egg I have ever seen. It is difficult to fly about, but once you get the hang of it (with the "mouse" forward is UP and back is DOWN! LOL) it is alright! I did find the lake, the mountain range and of course the Mountain of Credits, but I saw no robots. I suspect the processor speed prevents me from seeing this...
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Wolfy_Knight writes:
THIS ONE ROCKS!
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