A fun question for those with long memories!


About 20 (?) years ago there was a trick with Microsoft Word/Excel whereby you could key in a certain keystroke sequence and .... a group of marching ants danced all around the screen ...

Can anybody confirm this ? Perhaps a video?
My son and I are trying to find this .... (maybe he thinks I have imagined it or have taken illegal substances!)

Any help out there from the over 30's (over 40's?)?
Patrick O'DeaAsked:
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
I don't remember that. And you can get marching ants in Excel by simply pressing copy on a cell.

Here is the list of Easter eggs in MS products: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Easter_eggs_in_Microsoft_products

As far as I know this is called text or font animation and was there in Microsoft Word.
The effect is no longer included in the font dialog of newer Word versions but you can still use it. Add this macro to a word document, select some text and then run the macro.

Sub AnimateFont()
  Dim sAnimation As String
  If Len(Selection.Range) = 0 Then
    MsgBox "Select text first!", vbCritical, "No Text Selected"
    Exit Sub
  End If
  sAnimation = InputBox("Which animation? Enter the number: " & vbCr & _
                        " 1. Blinking Background" & vbCr & _
                        " 2. Las Vegas Lights" & vbCr & _
                        " 3. Marching Black Ants" & vbCr & _
                        " 4. Marching Red Ants" & vbCr & _
                        " 5. Shimmer" & vbCr & _
                        " 6. Sparkle Text" & vbCr & _
                        " 0. None", "Font animation")
  Select Case sAnimation
    Case 1: Selection.Font.Animation = wdAnimationBlinkingBackground
    Case 2: Selection.Font.Animation = wdAnimationLasVegasLights
    Case 3: Selection.Font.Animation = wdAnimationMarchingBlackAnts
    Case 4: Selection.Font.Animation = wdAnimationMarchingRedAnts
    Case 5: Selection.Font.Animation = wdAnimationShimmer
    Case 6: Selection.Font.Animation = wdAnimationSparkleText
    Case 0: Selection.Font.Animation = wdAnimationNone
    Case Else:
  End Select
End Sub

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Patrick O'DeaAuthor Commented:
I'm happy to give the point but ...

Maybe I was halucinating in the 1990's but I remember a trick with a few keystrokes in Word .... you could see a 30 second show of dancing ants..
Unfortunately I can't remember and also couldn't find anything about this 30 seconds dancing ants. Still thanks for the points.
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