Mac OS X Easter Eggs

pic Here's to the Crazy Ones - 9.2/10 with 34 votes
Open Finder.

Go to Applications.

Look for TextEdit.

Blow up the icon (use QuickLook if necessary)

You'll see the following words written on a piece of paper:

Dear Kate,

Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels.
The troublemakers.... more
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pic Emacs psychoanalysis - 9.2/10 with 26 votes
1. Open A Terminal
2. type "emacs"; click enter
3. Press ESC + X at the same time
4. You should see "M-x" appear
5. Type "psychoanalyze-pinhead" after the "M-x"
6. To stop press Ctrl-G

M-x yow gives you a random Zippy quote. M-x doctor is the... more
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pic "Suck" Minimize Effect - 9.0/10 with 34 votes
In OS X, you can choose between two minimization effects: Genie and Scale. But there is a third effect, called Suck, which you can also use even though it is not available in the system preferences.

To use it:

1. Open a terminal window.
2. Type... more
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Expose in Slow-mo - 8.9/10 with 7 votes
1. Open Expose.
2. Press the Shift key.
That is all.

It was shown in WWDC 2003, when Panther was introduced.
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pic Blue Screen of Death - 8.7/10 with 35 votes
You will need to connect a Non-Mac PC to your network to be able to see this.
Connect your Non-Mac PC via your network in Leopard, go to Finder, in the side bar to the left an icon will appear under Devices that resembles an old CRT monitor with the... more
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pic Weather Nowhere - 8.2/10 with 153 votes
Bring up the Weather widget:
Open the Dashboard, either by clicking its icon in the Dock or by pressing the 'F12" button on your keyboard.
Click on the '+' sign in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen to load up the widget bar.
Locate the 'Weather'... more
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pic Snake Game in Terminal - 7.5/10 with 15 votes
Open Terminal within Applications >> Utilities.

Type in emacs, then press enter.

Within emacs hold down ESC and press X.

If the cursor is on the bottom of the terminal, type snake.


I found this out by typing in other game names after... more
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pic Mail.App Developer - 7.1/10 with 407 votes
1. Go to Applications folder on your Hard Drive

2. Look for Mail

3. ctrl-Click the app and choose "Show package"

4. Look inside for folder Contents - Resources

5. Look for "senders.tiff" and open it with Preview

6. After seconds you can... more
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pic Dates of History - 7.1/10 with 56 votes
1. Open "" located in the Applications > Utilities folder on your Hard Drive.

2. At the prompt paste the following: cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history

This is a list of significant dates in history, one for every day of the year.
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pic Lord of the Rings - 6.9/10 with 172 votes
1. In the "applications" folder, open the "utilities" folder.
2. Open the terminal
3. Paste this line of code:

grep LOTR /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history

4. Enjoy
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Genie in Slow Motion - 6.8/10 with 407 votes
In MacOS X, while in the finder, open any window & click the minimizie button (yellow) at the top of the window while holding command+shift.

This will minimize the window in slow motion using the new "genie effect" minimize function of Mac OS X.

The... more
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pic Eating Gpu - 6.8/10 with 8 votes
Make sure the Apple Developer Kit (latest, I think) is installed.

The egg is stored in:
Developer/Examples/Quartz Composer/Compositions/Conceptual

This is where examples for Quartz Composer (a graphics creator for making graphics in programs such... more
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pic Frontrow in Slow Motion - 6.5/10 with 10 votes
First, you hold shift (if you have sticky keys off)then press MENU on the remote and ENJOY!
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pic Tetris Hidden in the Terminal - 6.5/10 with 280 votes
1. Open the finder
2. Open Applications
3. Open Utilities
4. Open Terminal
5. type "emacs"; click enter
6. Press ESC + X at the same time
7. Type "tetris"
8. Play Tetris! Use the arrow keys to move and rotate the blocks, and press... more
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pic Iraq War Reference in Dictionary Widget - 6.2/10 with 29 votes
1. Bring up dashboard
2. Either add the dictionary widget to the dashboard or select it.
3. Type the word: democracy into the search box.
4. Click on the thesaurus button on the top of the Widget to switch to Thesaurus mode.
5. Read the sample sentence... more
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pic Terminal Games - 6.0/10 with 59 votes
go to the foler application. Open the ultilities folder. open the Terminal

copy and paste this line of code:

ls /usr/share/emacs/21.2/lisp/play

to play the games, type in "emacs" without the quotes
press esc and x at the same time
type in... more

pic Mud? - 6.0/10 with 72 votes
it was posted at Mac OS X hints a while ago. Just type "emacs -batch -l dunnet" (without quotes) into the terminal and it will bring up and old school text based game, kinda like a MUD, except you are the only one in it.
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pic Netconfig User Service - 5.8/10 with 6 votes
At the command prompt type

strings /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/NetworkConfig.framework/Versions/A/Resources/NetCfgTool

The listing of human readable code fragments includes:

"No user serviceable parts included."

This... more

Dashboard in Slow Motion - 5.6/10 with 39 votes
To see Dashboard opening in slow motion:
Press Shift + F12
To close Dashboard in slow motion:
Press Shift + F12 again
Press Shift and Click on the Background (not on any widget)

pic emacs Psychotherapist - 5.2/10 with 106 votes
Go to finder then applications. Go to the Utilities folder and open Terminal. When it has started up type in "emacs" (without speech marks) and press enter. Then press x and escape together. Then type in "doctor" (again without speech marks.) You can... more
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pic Inverse Video - 4.9/10 with 132 votes
While in Tiger (though this make work in earlier versions of OS X), type CTRL+COMMAND+OPTION+8. Then, your video will become inverted (black is white, red cyan, blue yellow, green magenta, etc.) It is an interesting way to view everything.
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Ultimate Answer - 4.8/10 with 112 votes
Find pCalc2 in the Applications folder. Launch it -- Notice the icon "6x7=?" Now, go up to the "constants" menu, and choose the 1st one: "Ultimate Answer." This is actually from Douglass Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy; Definetely a think-different... more
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pic Life @ Terminal - 4.7/10 with 18 votes
1. Open finder;
2. Open Applications;
3. Open Utilities;
4. Open Terminal;
5. type "emacs" (no quotation marks of course); click enter;
6. Press ESC + x at the same time;
7. Type "life" (no quotation marks of course); click enter.
Lots of "@" will... more
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Jokes - 4.0/10 with 291 votes
1. Open the system preferences. 2. Go to the speech pane. 3. Turn on speakable items, and to speak back text. 4. Ask the computer by saying "tell me a joke". 5. These are random jokes but theres A LOT of jokes. If you find more mac OS X easter eggs please... more
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Sosumi - 3.5/10 with 45 votes
1. Start System preferences
2. Click on "Sound"
3. Click on the tab "Sound effects"

The list shows all Mac OS system sounds. The sound "Sosumi" is just a simple beep, but it's name is a reference to Apple Computers' legal disputes with Apple Corps... more
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pic Photographers at Apple - 3.5/10 with 201 votes
For this little gem of an egg, you can be in any program.
all that one must do is hit the following keys and hold them down at once: (control)+(option)+(apple)+(8). after you have done this your screen will appear as if it is a black and white photo... more
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Ports Manager - 3.2/10 with 37 votes
I was wondering why the Utility "Ports Manager", an application that manages Darwin ports, didn't have an icon.

1) Control-click on Ports Manager, found in /Applications/Utilities/
2) Select "Show Package Contents"
3) Open "PortsManager.icns"

After... more
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pic Kill Gates - 2.2/10 with 488 votes
Log in to OS X, and open Terminal. (/Applications/Utilities)

If a session is not open already, open one, and type "bill gates" (caps don't matter), and hit Enter or Return.

You will receive a rather humorous response...

"OK? kill gates?"

For... more
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pic Charity Terminal - 1.2/10 with 29 votes
open terminal

type the command: vi

press enter
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pic To Bill from Steve - 1.1/10 with 312 votes
1. If the dock has the Mail Icon, Then in dock Options, Maximize the dock size (Make it as big as possible)
2. Look carefully at the Mail Icon and enjoy.
It seems like its mail from Steve Jobs to Bill Gates, Very Funny that.
Note: If you do not have... more
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