Creating Dummy Text in Word

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Lorem Ipsum is dummy text that has its origins in the printing and typesetting industry.

It has been the printing industry’s standard dummy text since the 1500s, when a printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

It came back into popularity in the 1960s with Letraset sheets which contained Lorem Ipsum passages. Desktop publishing software like Adobe PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum as does Microsoft Word.

Why do we use it?

You can use it for laying out documents, e.g. to see how a document will appear when populated with text. You can also use it for testing documents.

Many DTP packages and web page editors use Lorem Ipsum as their default text for creating web pages.

How to create Dummy Text

1. In Word, create a new, blank document.

2. Apply the formatting you want to test.

Don’t type yet. Just do the formatting.

3. Type the formula : =Rand(a,b) where a is the number of paragraphs that you want to create, and b is the number of sentences in each paragraph.

For example, if you wanted to create ten paragraphs with 7 sentences each, you would type: =Rand(10,7).

4. Press Enter.

5. Microsoft Word will generate the default “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” sentence.

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UPDATE: MS Word 2007 generates the following text instead of the so-called greek text.

“On the Insert tab, the galleries include items that are designed to coordinate with the overall look of your document.”

Is that what you get?