Get Clippy Back on the Mac (Yes, That Microsoft Clippy)
Remember Clippy, the little animated Microsoft Office Assistant? I bet you missed Clippy, right?! The Office assistant was a bit divisive, typically considered either quirky and lovable or annoying and obnoxious, often appearing in the midst of your workflow to say things like “It looks like you’re writing a letter. Would you like help?” with its smirking face and blinking eyes
While Clippy has been removed from all modern versions of Microsoft Office (much to your disappointment, surely), if you miss your interactions with good old Clippy, you can experience the joys and absurdities of Clippy all over again with the help of a free open source tool that runs on the Mac.
Clippy is a small and completely pointless app that puts the Microsoft Office Clippy assistant on your Mac. You can right-click and choose to “Animate” Clippy, and Clippy will perform little animations and movements that you might recall from your Microsoft Office work of yesteryear.
Is it useful? No. Is it fun and goofy? Sure, in the same vein as a Microsoft Paint clone on the Mac is entertainment, and sometimes that’s good enough. It’s not quite running Windows 95 as an app or Windows 1.0 in a web browser, but it’s still amusing enough to share.
And just in case you wanted to learn even more about Clippy, of course there’s a Wikipedia article on the “TFC”.