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Unread 27-09-2006, 11:57 AM   #1
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Funny Microsoft Word Bug / Easter Egg

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This is something pretty cool...and unbelievable... At Microsoft the whole
Team, including Bill Gates, couldn't answer why this happened!
It was discovered by a Brazilian. Try it out yourself...

Open Microsoft Word and type

Quote:
=rand (200, 99)
Now just press enter.
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Unread 27-09-2006, 12:36 PM   #2
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Hmm .. happens for many such no.'s , but of different length

I think it's calling some functions of Word.

=rand(no. of lines, no of times to repeat in each line)

however there seems to be an upper limit, it seems to be ::
(no. of lines + no. of times to repeat in each line ) < 300
AND no. of lines <= 200 AND no. of times to repeat in each line <= 200
AND no. of output lines < 1000

maybe .. I am not so sure. like =rand(145,145) does not work, perhaps cause there maybe some kind of overflow ... LOL ...

Eg : to see the difference :::::::

try with =rand(1,2)
and then with =rand(2,1)

hmm . and the default settings are 3,5
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At Microsoft the whole
Team, including Bill Gates, couldn't answer why this happened!
Hmm .. I think it's there on purpose. Here's a KB from MS :

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http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=212251

Microsoft Word allows you to quickly insert sample text into a document. To do this, type =rand() in the document where you want the text to appear, and then press ENTER.

It's not a bug, just a feature or Easter Egg
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Really Funny...
LOL thing by MS
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It's documented in a microsoft knowledge base article.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/212251/en-us

It's part of the autocorrect system.

Experimenting with the arguments, it's obvious that the first is number of paras to insert, and second is number of repetitions of the specimen sentence per para.
one interesting behavior - the typed text disappears, (the '=rand(4,4)' )
as long as the arguments are non negative,
but remains if either argument is negative.

so =rand(0,0) just disappears

It's unlikely that Bill Gates would be spending time worrying about some
programmer's mistake or obscure feature of word.
I suspect that microsoft has at least one modestly competent engineer. Finding how this is occuring is as simple as grepping the sources for 'rand'. Or, as I did, using the Word help system to find the Knowledge Base article.

Closed, not a bug

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Unread 27-06-2007, 02:32 PM   #6
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Re: Funny Microsoft Word Bug / Easter Egg

This is just a way of entering random test text surely; the sentence that appears uses every letter in the alphabet too - I'm sure that that must be of some signifigance.
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