Pro Tip of the Day - windows en Pro tip: Skipping levels in Chip's Challenge <p>Chip's Challenge, if you've never heard of the game somehow, was packed in with a lot of computers during the 16-bit Windows heyday. It developed a kind of a strong following somehow. I stars you, as Chip, who has to run around a series of levels avoiding enemies, collecting things, and searching for the exit.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>But let's say that you're playing a level and you get stuck or lazy or both. You could hold down the left CTRL + ALT buttons and type the (faux) word "QWERTY".</p> <p>Done right, you'll now be able to hit CTRL + N to go to the next level!</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>You can only skip the first 144(!) levels this way, number 145 wants a password (which is pretty easy to find online) or you could try to finish the level to see the credits. After that, you can CTRL + N your way through the end of the game.</p> <p>Making the thing last just a couple of minutes.</p> button codes chip's challenge pro tip windows Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:03:06 +0000 Will 502 at Playing games with your spreadsheet program: Part 2 <p>I'll concede that a lot of you probably don't actually have <a href=""></a> installed on your computers. You're probably sticking with an old version of Microsoft Office that came with your computer 10 years ago. And if you are, then I have a treat for you!</p> <p>Open your copy of Excel '97, and on a new spreadsheet and hit the F5 button to bring up the "Go To" dialog box</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>And go to cell X97:L97</p> <p>From there, hit Tab, then hold the left CTRL+Shift and hit the Chart Wizard button. Done right, you should be transported to a lovely purple and black landscape</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Where you can use the mouse to fly around. There is a conveyor out there somewhere that shows credits on it, but my computer was way too fast to get a decent screen shot of it, so you're just going to have to take my word for it.</p> easter eggs excel office 97 pro tip useless windows Fri, 02 Jul 2010 11:52:38 +0000 Will 469 at Pro tip: an easy win in Freecell <p>You get a few games with your installation of Windows, to help you pass the time, and to help you learn how to use the mouse.</p> <p>But if you've moved beyond that bog-standard Klondike solitaire, you might have noticed another game lurking in the wings, Freecell.</p> <p>The rules of Freecell are a beyond the scope of this tip, so I won't be going into them here.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>But say that you're playing the game and you get stuck, or bored, or both. What do you do?</p> <p>Well you could press Shift + CTRL + F10. That'll bring up the "User Friendly Interface" with a couple of options.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>So, pick your favorite (mine's "Abort to Win"), and the very next move you make will result in your selected outcome.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Oh, and this doesn't work for Windows Vista or Windows 7. Only the version of Freecell included in Windows 95, 98, ME, and XP, I'm afraid.</p> button codes freecell pc pro tip windows Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:26:19 +0000 Will 304 at Pro tip: What to do with Warcraft 3 on Christmas Day <p>Warcraft 3 is a pretty fun game, with lots of interesting cheaty things you can do with it. In a single-player game, hit 'enter' to bring up the chat window (yeah, I know there's nobody to chat with in a single-player game, don't worry about that). </p> <p>Type in the phrase (sans quotes), "SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb", and hit 'enter' again.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Then you see this screen. </p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Then you go spend some time with actual people instead of messing around on a silly little game page like this one.</p> <p>See you on Boxing Day.</p> pc pro tip warcraft 3 windows Thu, 25 Dec 2008 13:00:00 +0000 Will 69 at Pro tip: Cheating in Minesweeper <p>I mentioned before, I'm pretty bad at Minesweeper. </p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>But, I'm a sucker, so I play it occasionally anyway, and like to win sometimes. So I cheat. And here's how.</p> <p>Start up a new game of Minesweeper and type the non-word 'xyzzy' (without the quotes) and hit shift+enter. Now, when your mouse is hovering over a square that's OK to click, the pixel in the top left corner of your monitor will turn white. It'll turn black if there's a mine under there. And by 'monitor' I really do mean the far upper-left corner of your actual screen, not the Minesweeper window.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Now, armed with this knowledge, I'd like to see you fail, no matter how ludicrous the challenge.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> minesweeper pc pro tip windows Sat, 29 Nov 2008 20:07:47 +0000 Will 43 at