No, not the Springtime ovo-cuniculus variety (although they are good too). I am talking about those purposeless treats that programmers embed into applications, hoping that someone will come across it.
This is done less and less nowadays (probably because software firms assessed how much time was being billed as ‘work time’ for a pointless feature. I still remember back in the when you could run a virtual Flight simulator from your desk by pressing a series of keys (google “Excel 97 Flight Simulator” for more on that).
Here are some ‘secret’ tricks for you Google Chrome users
In Chrome, enter any of the below into the search bar:
Type ‘do a barrel roll‘ then press Enter
Type ‘askew‘ (or Type ‘tilt‘ in the search bar and then press Enter)
Type ‘google in 1998‘ and press Enter (if you’re feeling nostalgic)
Type ‘google sphere‘ in the search bar and then CLICK ‘ I’m Feeling Lucky ‘ (trippy!)
And finally (although this is not really an Easter egg, but):
Hover your mouse over the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button’
I like this! It combines consumerism with investing (and, might help me find my misplaced keys).
Tile(TM) is a Bluetooth tracking device that enables you to track your lost items. What’s more, you can share the tracking data across multiple Bluetooth devices so you and your significant others can form a ‘search party.’ PLUS you can leverage the network of Tile users and devices to create a swarm of search agents (sounds cool and freaky, huh?)
You can pre-order on the vendor’s website. Units are expected to ship in Winter 2013.
A colleague presented me with interesting challenge: An attorney she was working with entered comments into a document as parenthetical phrases. That is to say, the comments were entered ‘inline’, within parentheses and not by using Word’s INSERT COMMENT feature. Having already actioned the comments, she was looking for a simple method to find and remove all the parenthetical text.
Is it possible to search for and delete an unknown string of text, given the first and last characters ?
Advanced Find and Wildcards to the rescue.
So our goal: find an open and close parentheses, including all that stuff in the middle, and replace it with nothing (essentially, deleting it).
Using Advanced Find and wildcards to delete text.
Press CTRL + F to display the Navigation Pane.
Click the drop-down to the right of the search icon and select Advanced Find. The Find and Replace dialog appears.
If necessary, click the More button to display additional options.
Check the Use Wildcards check-box.
In the Find What area enter \(*\) Note: Usually, when conducting a wildcard search, the parenthesis is used to denote an expression. The backslash “\” is used to indicate when a search device (in this case, the parenthesis) is to be taken literally.
Click Find Next, then click Replace to delete selectively or Replace All to do so en masse.
Note when using wildcards the Find What text is case sensitive.
s?t finds satand set
Any string of characters
s*d finds sadand started
The beginning of a word
<(inter) finds interestingand intercept, but not splintered
The end of a word
(in)> finds inand within, but not interesting
One of the specified characters
w[io]n finds winand won
Any single character in this range
[r-u]ight finds right, sightand tight
One or more occurrences of the previous character or expression
Presenter View, a noble concept that never really caught on, is much improved in PowerPoint 2013.
Presenter View makes it easy for you to view your presentation and speaker notes on one one computer, while the audience views your presentation (notes free) on a different monitor or projection screen. Now, Presenter View is not only easier to use, it also offers some additional enhancements. The improved Presenter view includes a show taskbar option, next slide preview, slide thumbnails, and zoom!
To enable Presenter view
On the Slide Show tab of the Ribbon, in the Monitors group, check the Presenter View checkbox.
Here’s the hit list of what’s new:
Better dual monitor support and display
PowerPoint now ‘intelligently’ selects which monitor is your presenter monitor and which one is viewed by your audience.
Press ALT + F5 to simulate dual monitor display on one monitor
When practicing your presentation you no longer need two displays. Just press ALT + F5 to prepare a ‘dry-run’ of your presentation using just one monitor.
Presenter View Features
Timer: Rehearse your timings using pause and reset options .
Notes: View your speaker notes (your audience doesn’t see this material).
Next Slide: See the next slide before your audience does.
Pen and Laser Pointers: Annotate your presentation with Pen, Highlighter and Arrow pointers
Show all Slides: View thumbnails of your presentation slides.
Black Screen: Blackout the audience’s view of your presentation.
More: Includes View Last Slide,End Presenter View, and End Show.