Trick or Treat 2014

Today is Halloween.  Let’s do some funny things today.

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Have you ever thought about to turn your screen upside down?  To do this, you just need to press CTRL + ALT +↓  

Story behind:

I found this trick accidentally long time ago: A colleague was sitting on my keyboard and suddenly the screen turned upside down.  All of us had no clue of what had happened.  By “replicating” what he did just before the spooky incident, we suspected that it was triggered by combination of key strokes…… after many & many trial-and-errors, we realized that the CTRL+ALT+ARROW key did the trick.

  • Try also CTRL+ATL+← / →  to see the effect.
  • To resume normal: CTRL+ALT+↑.

Although we managed to figure out the key combination, we still had no clues how his butt could do that after so many years. 🙂

Note: It works for Windows only, I guess (at least not working in Mac).  If it doesn’t work in your Windows, maybe you are running a very OLD Windows.  😛  (btw, not tested on Windows 8)

A similarly-evil trick In Excel: to turn the spreadsheet Leftside Right.

Follow the simple steps:

File–>Options–>Advanced–>Scroll down to Display

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Check Right-to-left –> OK –> Close the Excel –> Reopen Excel

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Happy Halloween!


About MF

An Excel nerd who just transition into a role related to data analytics at current company......😊 Recently in love with Power Query and Power BI.😍 Keep learning new Excel and Power BI stuffs and be amazed by all the new discoveries.
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2 Responses to Trick or Treat 2014

  1. Micky says:

    1) CTRL+ALT+ARROWS shortcut does work with certain Display card drivers (not all).
    2) Most Hebrew & Arabic speaking languages users prefer the Right-to-Left layout, therefore – in their eyes – using the Left-to-Right layout seems as an “Evil trick”.


    • MF says:

      Hi Micky,
      Thanks for your comments.
      I really don’t know it’s related to the Display Card. ;p
      And finally, I realize why there is a Right-to-Left layout. Thank you so much!


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