Is Clippy the April Fool?

2009-04-07

in Geek stuff

On April 1st, I uncovered what I think is an April Fool’s prank hidden in Microsoft Word. Sometimes, when you open a new window, a ‘Getting Started’ sidebar appears. There is a search box that has examples underneath. Normally, they are standard stuff. On April 1st, it said: “get rid of Clipply.”

It seems at least somebody at Microsoft is aware that users don’t want an animated paperclip to help them with their correspondence.

Here is a screenshot.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt April 9, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I thought you had a Mac (?), but that is clearly an XP copy of Office.

Milan April 9, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Alas, my workplace has less elegant machines.

Matt April 9, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I see. Is Clippy even a feature any more? I think it’s gone from the software totally now. Also, I don’t think “Example: “getting rid of Clippy” is only something you see on April 1st. If you Google it, others have reported it but have not mentioned the date as being necessary to seeing it.

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