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Macintosh/Newton Easter Eggs
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| The Macintosh/Newton Easter Egg List | . | Hardware |
| compiled by Brian Kendig (email@example.com) | . | System |
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| Easter 1994 edition. | OK | | . | Useful tips . |
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Welcome to the Macintosh/Newton Easter Egg List! An "easter egg"
(sometimes known as a "cookie") is something amusing or otherwise
nonproductive (like a picture, a song, or the developers' names) hidden
in your computer. It won't appear unless you do some action you
wouldn't normally do, so you can't find it unless you're lucky or you
know what you're looking for.
Some really clever About boxes are mentioned in this list too, and I've
also included a few interesting, useful, and little-known tips further
down that are really handy to know. The list is getting so long, though,
that I've been weeding out some of the trivial or very esoteric tricks.
Too many applications will bring up "secret" things if you hold down the
right keys and click in the right places, so I'm only keeping the more
interesting easter eggs around.
Please report any corrections to me! And if you find a really good
easter egg, then please tell me about it and I'll put your name in here.
You may (of course!) distribute information about these tricks freely,
but please note the copyright on this collection -- I really don't like
when people try to pass it off as their own work. If you'd like to use
this material in a book or newsletter or distribute it commercially on
electronic media like disks or CD-ROMs, please contact me first for
permission, and you'll get it. :-) It would also be nice to let me know
if you're including this list in a users' group collection. So far,
this list has been printed in the WAMUG (Australia) and BMUG
newsletters, translated into Japanese and printed in the Japanese users'
group "MuON" newsletter, used in the books "Maximizing your Mac" and
"Voodoo Mac", and distributed on Nautilus and Pacific Hitech CD-ROMs.
Thanks to the people who have written similar lists, from which I've
gotten plenty of ideas: J. D. Sterling Babcock and Mike Kimura, among
others. For additional help, I thank Paul Franklin and Seth Pettie.
Rene Ros has contributed so much that he deserves special mention, too!
The list has grown to such a size that I can't personally verify every
trick here, so if you just can't get something to work, please tell me!
If you want to skip forward to the "Useful Tips" section, have your
software search for three asterisks ('***') now.
>From MacsBug or the interrupt debugger, enter "G 40E118" (that's a zero,
not an oh). (To get into the interrupt debugger, press the button on
the left side of your machine closer to the back. If you're running
System 7, just Shut Down your machine, then while the "you may turn off
your Macintosh safely" dialog is displayed, press the button.) This
gives you a tiny "Stolen from Apple Computer" message in the upper
left-hand corner of your screen.
>From MacsBug or the interrupt debugger, enter "G 41D89A". (See the
trick above for info on how to get into the debugger.) This brings up a
slideshow displaying four bitmap pictures of the Macintosh development
team. Reboot (hit the button on the left side of the machine closer to
the front, with the triangle on it) to get out of the endless cycle.
Also, entering "G 4188A4" into the debugger gives you a tiny "Stolen
from Apple Computer" message in the upper left-hand corner of your
screen. [Contributed by J. D. Sterling Babcock.]
Hold down Command-Option-x-o right after you turn on or reboot the machine.
This starts up the Classic from a minimal ROM-disk which contains System
6.0.3, Finder 6.1x, and AppleShare. (This version of the System is not
recommended for use with the Classic, so you probably shouldn't boot off
it to do any important work.) If you look at the ROM-disk with a
program able to see invisible files (like ResEdit or MacTools), you'll
find a folder named "Brought to you by" hidden there, containing more
hidden folders bearing the names of the Classic designers. (The keys
`X' and `O' were chosen because the development name of the Classic was
the "Mac XO", or was it OX?) Also, there's an invisible application in
the System Folder named "Launch" and set as the startup application;
anybody know what it does? [Thanks to Charles Gousha for the details.]
This trick requires that you have MacsBug installed. Press the
interrupt switch to dump yourself into the system debugger, then use the
command "dm 4082E853 20" to display a few bytes of memory from location
4082E853 onwards. The bytes there spell out, in ascii, "WHAT ARE YOU
STARING AT?" [Contributed by Esa Ristila.]
Also, type "g eb1000" into MacsBug or the interrupt debugger. This
displays the "Macintosh SE/30 Engineering Hall of Fame". Entering
"pc=e11000;g" works too. [Contributed by Aapo Puskala and Mark
Set the system date to 9/20/89 (the release date of the IIci), and set
your monitor to 8-bit color. Restart while holding Command-Option-c-i.
You'll see a color picture of the IIci design team. Click the mouse to
continue. (Other color settings might also work...)
Set the system date to 3/19/90 (the release date of the IIfx), and
restart while holding down Command-Option-f-x. You'll see a color
picture of the IIfx design team. Click the mouse to continue.
(Interestingly enough, this is the same picture used in the IIci.)
[Thanks to Jeff Home for details.]
Enter the debugger and type "dm 4086F088 20". The bytes there spell out
"SO...WHAT ARE YOU STARING AT? " [Contributed by Jeff Home.]
Any Macintosh computer
Every Mac will play interesting noises if it fails its internal RAM
check. You can harmlessly force it to fail its check by pressing the
Interrupt button on your system immediately after it starts booting up.
Mac II systems play interesting chimes, Quadra AV's play drum solos,
LC's play a flute, and the Power Macintoshes play a sound of a car wreck
with glass breaking. [Contributed by Rick Warfield.]
Macintosh ROMs (any of them)
With a debugger, look at the last few locations on the ROM of your
machine. Developers put their initials there, as well as the date that
the ROM was linked. For example, the 128k ROM (Mac Plus) contains, at
ALR ELR BA BMB EHB JTC SC DLD PWD KWK LAK SEL BWed, Nov 6, 1985
which are the initials of Erich Ringewald, Bill Atkinson, Bill Bruffey,
Ernie Beernik (sp?), Jerome Coonan, Steve Capps, Donn Denmann, Pat
Dirks, Larry Kenyon, and three other unknown developers. [Contributed
by Scott Lindhurst and Ed Tecot.]
Apple Fax Modem
While holding down the button on the front panel, turn on the modem.
The modem will beep three times. After the three beeps, press the
button again three times, timed exactly in "rhythm" with the beeps. If
your timing is correct, the modem will speak the digitally-recorded
voices of the three developers saying their names ("Peter, Alan, Neal").
[Contributed by Neal Johnson and Alex Rosenberg.]
When you turn on your printer, hold down the RESET and FORM FEED keys to
print a diagnostic test page, which lets you exercise the print head and
see if any of the pins are damaged. [Contributed by Tommy Aenst.]
Write "About Newton" on your Messagepad, hilite it (hold the pen down
until a large dot appears at its tip then draw a line across the words
with it), then tap Assist. The names of all the Newton developers will
On the original Messagepad (now called the Messagepad 100), tap the
clock in the lower left-hand corner of the display, and hold down on it.
The display will show you the current temperature! (This is because the
battery level indicator works by sensing temperature.)
Go to the Map, tap "Find", then write "Elvis". It will briefly say "The
King was sighted in" and choose a city name at random before it catches
itself and says "not found". [All three of these were contributed by
("7.0" means 7.0.0 or 7.0.1 and probably 7.1 also)
Multifinder 1.0 (distributed with System Software prior to 6.0)
Hold down Command and Option while selecting "About Multifinder" from
the bottom of the Apple menu. A scrolling list of credits appears.
[Contributed by Seth Theriault.]
Select "About Multifinder" and leave the dialog up for about an hour or
more. (Yes, this means you can't use your machine meanwhile.) A
message will appear:
"I want my"
"I want my"
"I want my l--k and f--l"
You can also see this message if you snoop around in the 'STR#'
resources of Multifinder for a while with ResEdit. [Contributed by Tony
Cooper and James Boswell.]
System 6.0.7, 6.0.8, or 7.0
Take a look through the data fork of the System File (with MacSnoop or
MacTools, or open it with MS Word). (It's short.) The string "Help!
Help! We're being held prisoner in a system software factory!" is in the
data fork, with a list of the names of the Blue Meanies (the System 7
developers). In System 7.1, the string is slightly different. "We're
still being held prisoner..." [Contributed by Kevin Bolduan, Seth
Theriault, and Tim Hammett.]
System 6.0.7J (Kanjitalk)
Set the clock to January 1, 1992 (or any year?), and restart. The
startup screen says "Happy new year" in Japanese. [Contributed by Junio
With ResEdit, take a look at STR# resource -16415 in the System file.
The first string in the resource reads "May you code in interesting
times." [Posted to Usenet by Nigel Stanger.]
Also, while running System 7, try renaming a disk to "Like Wow Man. HFS
For 7.0!" (where the space after 'Man.' is actually an option-space;
you'll have to type this somewhere else like the Notepad then cut/paste
it into the disk name). Then eject the disk with Command-E, and double-
click on the greyed-out disk icon. The Mac will ask you to please
re-insert "HFS for 7.0 by dns and ksct". (The intials are of David
N. Feldman and Kenny S. C. Tung, who wrote the HFS extensions for System
7.) Other disk names work, due to the way the name is checked; try
"KMEG JJ KS" or "Hello world JS N A DTP". [Found by Francois Grieu and
mentioned in TidBITS #143.]
Hold down Option while choosing "About This Macintosh". (The menu
option changes to "About the Finder", and if balloon help is turned on,
the balloon for it reads "Displays a dialog with the original Finder
picture.") This brings up the original picture of the mountains from
"About the Finder" in System 1.0. If the creation date of the invisible
"Desktop Folder" is May 13, 1991 (System 7's release date) or later, the
names of all the Finder developers through Mac and Lisa history also
scroll by. Hold down Command-Option while choosing "About" to get a
Also, "Get Info" on an alias, turn on Balloon Help, and point to the
icon's italicized name. Then point to a place right below the very
beginning of the name; you'll have to hunt for the exact spot. The
Balloon help on the italicized name reads "The underline indicates
that..." And the Balloon Help on the little invisible point right below
the beginning of the name reads "This is the system software version..."
but there's nothing there. Oops. [Contributed by David Richardson and
System 7 Tune-Up 1.1.1
The owner resource of this third-Tune-Up release contains the question
everybody asked when it was released: "Again?" [Contributed by Rene Ros.]
Caches 7.0.1 (on a Quadra)
Turn on balloon help and point to the version number; the balloon reads
"Wink, wink." Option-clicking the version number makes the "040" icon
whoosh to the side, revealing the name of the programmer who wrote it.
[Contribued by Kemi Jona.]
Caps Lock 7.0.1 (on a PowerBook 100, 140, 145, or 170)
Turn on balloon help and point to the Caps Lock file icon. The balloon
help reads: "This file allows your Macintosh TIM or Derringer to display
an icon..." (These were the working names of the first PowerBooks;
Apple forgot to change the extension before System 7.0.1 was released!
Whoops.) [Contributed by Seth Theriault and Fabian Hahn.]
Color Control Panel 7.0
Click on the Sample Text a few times. The strings "by Dean Yu" "&
Vincent Lo" alternate. Also, if you're running version 7.1 of the
control panel, "& Don Louv" sneaks in there every sixteenth click.
[Contributed by Don Louv.]
Labels Control Panel 7.0
Delete all the label names in the Labels control panel, and reboot. The
labels are now "None," "a", "l", "a", "n", "j", "e", "f". (Who are Alan
and Jef? Beats me...)
Map Control Panel
Type MID as the city name, and click Find. The stored point MID is
actually "Middle of Nowhere", an insignificant location in the middle of
the South Atlantic. (This one was added in version 7.0.)
Clicking on the "7.0" puts "v7.0, by Mark Davis" into the city name
field until you release the mouse button.
Option-clicking on Find repeatedly will take you alphabetically to every
city the Map knows.
Opening the control panel while you hold down the shift key will display
a magnified map (the resolution is the same, so it's very jagged).
Opening it with option held down magnifies it more, and shift-option
magnifies it even more to the point of being really blocky.
Clicking somewhere in the map and dragging your pointer off the edge of
it will scroll around the world.
You can paste a new picture into the control panel; the Scrapbook that
comes with System 7 includes a particularly good color map.
[Contributed by Takeshi Miyazaki and Doc O'Leary.]
Memory Control Panel 7.0 (on a machine capable of virtual memory)
Turn on virtual memory and hold down Option while clicking on the pop-up
menu used to choose a hard drive for your swapfile. This brings up a
hierarchical pop-up menu with the names of the developers; each name
points to a submenu with a few comments about the developer.
[Contributed by Povl Hessellund Pedersen.]
Monitors Control Panel
Click the version number in the control panel window. A box will pop up
with the names of the people who wrote Monitors. While you hold down
the mouse button, tap Option several times; this makes the smiley face
stick out its tongue. After tapping Option several times, the names
begin to get rearranged and some first and last names get replaced with
"Blue" or "Meanies". [Thanks to Steve Noskowicz for details.]
Finder 7.0 and MacsBug
Turn on Balloon Help and point to the MacsBug file. The balloon reads:
"This file provides programmers with information proving that it really
was a hardware problem..."
Turn on Balloon Help and point to the QuickTime file. The balloon
reads: "time n. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in
apparently irreversible succession from the past to the present to the
future." [Contributed by Kristopher Nasadowski.]
Sound Control Panel 8.0.1
Hold down Option and select something from the popup menu. You get a
weird sound and a credits dialog. [Contributed by Bronson Trevor and
On a Quadra AV system, go into the Effects section of the Sound control
panel and click on the wave icon in the lower right-hand corner of the
window. It draws a line and the words "by Jeff Boone". [Contributed by
Adobe Illustrator 5.0
Hold down Option while selecting the Tool Description box (in the lower
left portion of the working window), and instead of the usual four
choices, some new things appear: the number of shopping days until
Christmas, the programmer's home phone number, a pair of eyes that watch
the cursor, the phase of the moon, the number of mouse clicks since you
opened the document, a random number, and so forth. [Contributed by
David Darrow and Richard Foley.]
Select "About AppleLinkCD" and hold down the Option key. The spinning
CD turns into a spinning cat's head. [Contributed by Brian Golden.]
Change your Chooser name (in the System 6 Chooser or the System 7
Sharing Setup control panel) so that it contains "Mike" or "Michael",
then hold down Option while you choose "About BBEdit...". Everyone in
the About box will be given a first name of Mike, Michael, or something
similar. [Contributed by Rich Siegel.]
CompuServe Information Manager 2.0.2
Click on the spinning earth in the About box, and hold the mouse button
down. The earth spins in the other direction. Eventually, other windows
will appear, giving credit to the authors. [Contributed by Rene Ros.]
If you play the game on December 25 (or if you set your system's clock
to that date, and play the game), a Christmas tree appears in the foyer.
[Contributed by Philip Craig.]
Select "About Disinfectant", and hold a menu down to pause the advancing
virus names while the music plays (to prevent the foot from arriving too
soon and stopping the music). John Norstad appears in one half of the
dialog, while in the other half an animated sequence of virus names
march out as the Monty Python theme song plays, until they get stomped
by a huge foot. Holding down a menu pauses the viruses but not the
music, and if you hold the menu down long enough, the entire theme song
(John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March") will play! (You may have to
release the mouse button every now and then if the music does stop.)
[Contributed by Dave Claytor and Mitchell Marmel.]
Select "About Finale" and wait for a few seconds. The conductor walks
away. [Contributed by Arthur Rishi.]
Fractal Forest (an After Dark 'Art of Darkness' module)
Run this sometime around Christmas, and all the trees sprout Christmas
ornaments. [Contributed by Phil Barrett.]
Put the word "Interleaf" into a document, and spell-check it.
FrameMaker will substitute "FrameMaker" wherever it finds "Interleaf".
(Interleaf is FrameMaker's competition.) [Contributed by Erik Ableson.]
Hold down Option as you select "About Hypercard...". In 2.1, you get a
dialog describing your system setup. In either 2.0 or 2.1, the chooser
name, if you've entered one, appears in the "HyperCard by" title. (That
is, if you entered "Joe Cool" as your name in the Chooser (6.0) or
Sharing Setup (7.0), the top of the window will read "HyperCard by Joe
Cool". If you have no Chooser name, one of the names of the many
developers is put there.) Also, on any recent Mac (ones that require
System 7.0.1 or 7.1), you will be told your system is a "Macintosh
Macintosh". [Thanks to Seth Theriault for the details.]
In the original release of HyperCard 2.0 (not 2.0v2), type "get 1/0"
into the message box. Your Mac will crash with a "division by zero"
error. Oops, talk about having full control over your computer!
On version 3.0.1 (the one that comes with System 6.0.7 and 6.0.8), after
dismissing the initial welcome dialog, type "ski". A humorous list of
the developers will appear, and you will be able to choose from five
wait-cursors: the hand with the moving fingers (standard), a spinning
globe, the familiar spinning disc, the even more familiar wristwatch,
and dots that move. [Contributed by John DeRosa and John Hawkinson.]
On version 3.2 (the one that comes with System 7), hold down command and
option while the Easy Install screen is up. The Help button becomes
"About", and clicking on it brings up a few screens of credits.
[Contributed by Matthew Russotto.]
Choose "About Jam Session". The credits are displayed on the label of a
record, and you can hear it click (as an old record does after it's
played to the end). When you click the mouse to dismiss the dialog, you
hear the scratching noise of the needle being lifted off the record.
[Contributed by Joe Campbell.]
This only works on very early copies of MacPaint 2.0, before Claris
caught it: Hold down Tab and Space while choosing "About MacPaint", and
a bitmap of a well-known painting of a nude zebra-striped woman atop a
white zebra appears.
>From the main screen (after it loads), press 'L'. This brings up a
level select. "Turbofunk mode" makes the game play as quickly as the
hardware you're using can support.
Pressing 'X' on the main screen brings up a rather interesting poem that
I think is from a song.
If you play it around Christmastime, Christmas-tree balls appear on the
title screen. [Contributed by Rob Kouwenberg.]
Metamorphosis Professional 2.0
Hold down Command and Option while selecting "About Metamorphosis Pro".
A screen proclaiming "Bug Tussle Professional, The Totally Awesome Font
Conversion Utility" is displayed, along with a list of developers.
[Contributed by David Loebell and Karl-Koenig Koenigsson; extra thanks
to David for sending me a picture of it, too! :) ]
Microsoft Excel 3.0
Open a new spreadsheet, then go to the last cell, IV16384. (Press
Cmd-Right then Cmd-Down to jump there.) Use the scroll bars to scroll
down and right more until only that cell is showing, then set that
cell's width and height both to 0. All that will remain in your window
will be the little square in the upper-left-hand corner that you
normally click on to select the entire spreadsheet; click on it. The
contents of the window will be replaced by a little Lotus-stomping then
a list of Excel's programmers and beta-testers. When your normal Excel
window comes back, scroll away to keep the show from repeating.
[Contributed by Evan Torrie.]
Set the style of any cell to "excel" (by selecting "Format Styles..."
and typing "excel" without the quotes). Then choose "About Excel..."
from the Apple menu and click on the big Excel icon. A brief animation
("So good, it hurts.") appears, and alternates with the names of the
developers ("Recalc or Die!"). [Contributed by Rob Griffiths.]
On a color Mac running System 6, launch Excel while you hold down
Shift-3-D. Excel's "tool bar" will have the System 7 "three-d" look to
it, instead of looking boring and flat like it usually does under System
6. [Contributed by Randy Lambertus.]
On Word 3.01 or 4.x with the US dictionary (and maybe UK?), spellcheck
the word "childcare". The spell-checker will suggest one word:
"kidnaper" [sic]. [Contributed by Adam Shostack.]
Also, try spellchecking "supression" [sic]. The spell-checker will
include "Cupertino" among its choices. Could this be secret
Apple-bashing? ;) [Contributed by Hiroki Morizono.]
In Word 4.0, select "About Microsoft Word" and command-click on the Word
icon. The resulting dialog gives the names of Word beta-testers.
In Word 5.0, hold down Command and Shift as you select "Preferences"
from the Tools menu. At the bottom of the preferences list will be a
new item, Credits; select it to see listed the names of the Word 5
developers. [Contributed by Jonathan Leblang.]
Miracle Piano Software
Work through a lesson on Christmas Day. It will "ho ho ho" at you when
it evaluates your performance, and all bass clefs will be replaced by
candy canes. [Contributed by Hank Shiffman.]
Command- or option-click the little rhomboid just in front of the
version number in the About box. A list of the developers appears. (In
2.0, you get a great caricature.) [Contributed by Karl-Koenig
Koenigsson and Larry Cunningham.]
Also click on the man standing in front of the file tree. He holds up a
flag in which scroll the names of everyone who worked on NU.
[Contributed by Nabil Alatas.]
In the Wipe program, version 2.0, option- or command-click on the
rhomboid beside the version number in the About box. The cursor turns
into a hand holding an eraser. Move it around the About box; zeroes are
left in its wake. Fill the entire box with zeroes; a brief melody
plays, and a picture of the developers appears. [Contributed by Larry
Cunningham and Neil Corcoran.]
In the Speed Disk program 1.0, command-click on the rhomboid beside the
version number in the About box. The large letters that make up the
name "SPEED DISK" swap themselves pair-by-pair until the name eventually
unjumbles itself again. [Contributed by Andy Calder.]
Out Of This World
Take a closer look at the game's file "FILE0146" with a GIF viewer; it's
really a GIF file containing a message from one of the game's authors.
[Contributed by Darren Cokin.]
Hold down Tab, Shift, and Space while you select "About PageMaker",
and a nice picture will appear. [Contributed by firstname.lastname@example.org.]
In version 3.1, turn on Balloon Help, select "About QuarkXPress", and
point to the word 'Quark'. The balloon reads "A fundamental particle."
[Contributed by Reuven Lerner.]
In version 3.2, select a picture or text box with the Arrow Tool.
Delete the box with Command-Option-Delete, and a little space alien
walks out and zaps it away. [Contributed by David Darrow and Johnny Angel.]
Open the macro definition window, and click on the logo to bring up a
credits window. Wait for about half a minute, and a bunny will walk
across the window beating a drum. After it crosses, the message
"QuicKeys keeps on going!" is displayed. (There's also a way to get a
safe to drop on the bunny, but I don't know how. Anybody have any
ideas?) [Contributed by Kenny Wong.]
Hold down Shift, Option, and Command as you choose "About ResEdit." You
get the chance to enter "pig mode" (oink oink oink). When you put
ResEdit into pig mode, resources will be compacted and purged each time
ResEdit goes through its event loop (several times a second). (However,
since this makes ResEdit slower, it's not of much use outside Apple.)
[Contributed by Ian Neath; info about "pig mode" from Chris Webster and
Also, just try holding down only command and option as you choose "About
ResEdit"; this brings up credits for ResEdit. (as in who made ResEdit,
not as in Star Trek money)
SimCity, and the other Maxis "Sim" games
Type the word "FUND" in SimCity, and you will be given a few thousand
dollars for free.
Type the word "FUND" in SimLife, and the game will tell you "You are now
$10,000 richer. Unfortunately, money has no value in this game."
[Contributed by email@example.com.]
Simple Player (for QuickTime) 1.0
Hold down Option as you select "About Simple Player...". The two movie
frames now have greyscaled cats in them. [Contributed by Scott Ryder.]
Choose "About SoundEdit". A burning fuse bomb "system error" blows up.
Spaceward Ho! 3.0
A ship with weapons, shields, and range all at 10 looks like a shark.
One with all three up to 13 looks like a skeleton.
Name a planet "Hope" or "Ship", then abandon it; you get a cute message
about "abandoning hope" or "abandoning ship".
Play the game on December 25 (or set your system clock to 12/25 and
play), and the game will have a Christmastime theme. [Posted to Usenet
by Gene Hsu, David Mika, and Adam Nash.]
When playing the game, type the three letters G-O-D in sequence. You
are treated to a bird's-eye view of the entire battlefield at once.
[Contributed by Jeff Ivler.]
Use ResEdit to look at the 'YeHa' resources in the control panel. Some
comments are hidden there, including the text "Tell me what you're doing
looking at my resource fork?" [Contributed by Rene Ros.]
SpInside Macintosh and the Technical Notes (4.1.4 and others?) stacks
Option-Shift-click on the dogcow. A dialog comes up with credits. When
"Developer Technical Support" appears, click to dismiss the dialog.
Then click anywhere else on the title screen. Click on the button to go
to a tech note by number, and enter "Clarus the dogcow says Moof!" When
it asks you "what did you say?", enter the same thing again. This will
display the secret "Tech Note #31, About the Dogcow". (I'm not making
this up; it's really in there!)
If that doesn't work, then you can display the three pages of the Tech
Note by typing "tnpict MooF1,1,0" in the message box (and MooF2 and
MooF3). [Contributed by Brian Gaeke, Trevden, and Olav Brinkmann.]
TeachText 1.1, 1.2, and 7.0
Hold down the option key while you select "About TeachText..." Some
"Thanks to" credits appear. [Contributed by Andrew Stoffel.]
THINK Pascal 4.0
Click in the lower left-hand corner of the About box. "THINK Pascal"
will fade through a few amusing anagrams of itself. [Contributed by
Also, use ResEdit to look at the ICON resources; ICON #128 "THINK
Pascal" is joined by ICON #129 "sPINacH TalK" and ICON #130 "PlaN sIT
HacK". [Contributed by Fokko Dijkstra.]
In the entry for "FindWindow", go to the "Returns" section; the note for
"inDrag" mentions parenthetically "transvestites take note".
You can enter "Dogcow" in the text box to go to an amusing page about it.
Go to the page about the 'itlc' resource (search for the text "the
'itlc'" then press Command-Period) then go one more page forward, and
you will reach a page of programming tips.
Also, let the application sit for about twenty minutes, then look at it;
the "thinking man" eventually gets tired and rests his chin on his other
hand. The length of time it takes before he gets tired is controlled by
'Draw' resource 128 ("I'm bored after # secs"). [Contributed by Omar
Souka, and posted to Usenet by John Brewer.]
Select course 3 (starting on the Bay Bridge), but turn around and go
_backwards_ for a ways (with the wall on your left and the ocean on your
right, and traffic coming at you -- be careful!). After you've gone far
enough, you will suddenly be in a very nicely-detailed area whose
streets are named after the developers.
WriteNow 2.2 and 3.0
Select "About WriteNow", then option-click on the About dialog. Little
men run out and change all the letters one-by-one.
Trun on balloon help and point to the WriteNow 3.0 application icon.
The balloon reads "This is the hottest WYSIWYG word processor
around. It's blindingly fast. Try it...". [Contributed by Mark Cornick.]
The Macintosh LC and Macintosh IIsi don't have restart and interrupt
buttons like other Macs, so to generate these signals from the keyboard,
press Command-Control-Power (the key with the triangle on it) for
"reset" and just Command-Power for "interrupt." This also works with
other newer Macs such as the IIvx.
If your computer (under 7.0 or later only) seems to have crashed or
frozen up, or is taking WAY too long to finish doing some task that it
won't let you interrupt, press Command-Option-Escape. This will
sometimes bring up a dialog that reads "Force 'application' to quit?
Unsaved changes will be lost." The dialog has two buttons, "Force Quit"
and "Cancel". Sometimes, clicking on "Force Quit" will kill the active
application, allowing you to continue using your Mac without having to
restart. Take advantage of this to save your other work and restart
your Mac as soon as you can, because a crashed application might have
trashed other things in memory. Use this at your own risk! Sometimes
it won't work, but if your machine's hung, it could come in handy.
If you quit all your open applications then use Command-Option-Escape to
kill the Finder too, the Finder will come right back to life again --
but if you're holding down Command and Option as it's doing so, you can
rebuild the desktop files on your hard drives. This is sometimes more
convenient then holding down Command and Option while your machine's
booting up. (Thanks to Alan Gordon for reminding me of this trick.)
If you want to make some windows invisible because they're cluttering up
your screen too much, you can use "Hide Application" or "Hide Others"
from the Application menu at the top right of your screen. But if you
want to hide the windows of the application you're using right now, just
hold down the option key and click in another program's window; as you
switch to that other application, this one's windows will disappear.
Option-clicking on the desktop hides the windows and puts you into the
Finder, which is handy.
If you want to see precisely how much memory an application is using (as
opposed to just how much is allocated to it), then bring up the "About
this Macintosh" dialog and turn on Baloon Help. Point to one of the
bars, and the baloon will say "This application is using xxx k out of
the xxx k allocated to it." (Contributed by Georg Schwarz)
To zap the PRAM (reset all of your Mac's internal settings): Under
System 7, hold down Control-Option-P-R on a reboot. Under System 6,
hold down Command, Option, Shift, and Tab while you select the Control
Panel DA from the Apple menu. (Is this great, or what? ;-)
In the Apple HD SC Setup program, press Command-I to manually select a
format interleave ratio for your hard drive. [Contributed by J. D.
In Disk First Aid, press Command-S to display a window that shows you in
detail exactly what the program's doing.
In ResEdit, if you want to see exactly what's happening when ResEdit is
verifying a file, then hold down Option while you click on "Open" in the
"Verify" file selection dialog box. [Contributed by Quinn.]
The Installer can be used to de-install things! Click on "Customize",
and when you hold down the Option key, the "Install" button becomes
"Remove", allowing you to de-install whatever the Installer would
normally have installed for you. [Contributed by Seth Theriault and
If you want to eject a floppy disk at any time (even if your Mac doesn't
notice that there's a disk in the drive), press Command-Shift-1 for the
lower (or internal) drive or Command-Shift-2 for the upper (or external)
drive. (If you press these when there's no disk in the drive, you might
even be able to hear the drive mechanism moving.) If that doesn't work,
reboot your Mac and immediately hold down the mouse button until the
disk ejects. If THAT still won't work, unbend a paperclip and (very
carefully!) push it straight into the small hole to the right of the
drive slot to manually force the mechanism to eject. If things still
really feel stuck, then DON'T FORCE the mechanism; your disk might be
caught in the drive, and forcing things could damage your drive. Bring
your Mac in for repairs.
You can unmount and eject a disk at any time without having to drag it
to the Trash by just selecting it and pressing Command-Y instead.
[Contributed by Rich Rauch.]
If you have more than one monitor hooked up, go into the Monitors
control panel and hold down Option. A smiley-face will appear on the
screen placement area for whichever monitor currently has the menu bar
on it; you can drag the menu bar to other monitors. [Contributed by Seth
Option-clicking on "Options..." in the Monitors control panel will let
you set the gamma correction on your monitor. Gamma correction is used
to help colors look less washed-out.
If you have a Quadra and you want to turn the caches on or off
immediately (instead of having to reboot first), hold down Option as you
click on either button. However, this could have bad side-effects (such
as messing up LocalTalk timing) until you reboot your system.
If you're running System 7 on a slow machine (a Plus, SE, or Classic),
there's a way you _might_ be able to get things to run just a bit
faster. Many System file and Finder resources are stored in compressed
form to save disk space, but of course the tradeoff is that it takes
time to decompress them before they can be used. With ResEdit,
carefully copy all the resources in the System file or the Finder and
paste the resources back in on top of themselves (use the same ID's),
and save your work; this effectively decompresses all the resources for
good (because ResEdit can't save compressed resources). DO THIS AT YOUR
OWN RISK -- you'll certainly want to have clean copies of your System
and Finder around for a while after you do this, just in case.
If you need to fit the System 7.0 printer drivers on an 800k System
6.0.5 (or .7 or .8) boot disk (for example, to use an old Mac without a
hard drive on a network with System 7 machines), you can use ResEdit to
remove enough resources from the "LaserWriter" 7.0 driver to make it
fit. (As usual, do this at your own risk.) These resources, which are
only useful in System 7 or with the TrueType INIT, are:
All of types icl4, icl8, ics4, ics8, hwin, hdlg, dctb
POST -8150 to -8084
STR# -8192 to -8182, -8138 to -8136, -5694
If you like playing with the Puzzle desk accessory (and even if you
don't), you can copy the picture of two linked squares from the
Scrapbook and paste it into the Puzzle. In fact, you can paste any
picture into the Puzzle, and it will be sized to fit. You can also copy
the picture from the Puzzle and look at the clipboard to see what it
will look like solved. [Contributed by Povl H. Pedersen.]
QuickTime has a nice undocumented feature: you can name a movie file to
"Startup Movie" and put it in the System Folder, and it will be played
on startup when QuickTime loads. In international system software this
name will be different (in Swedish it's "Startfilm"); you can find the
name it uses in STR resource -2020. [Contributed by Jim Kelm and
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