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December 5, 2015

 

Summary

There have been situations when the need to quickly generate some text in a Microsoft Word document has been handy. These needs may include testing a printer’s functionality to print multiple pages, duplex or margins. This little trick can also be used to put placeholder text in a document to help visualize the layout of a document before creating the final content. It has also been used as a tool to impress others on how much you know about using Microsoft Word.

The commands will work from Microsoft Word 2003-2016.

 

Procedure

There are three different methods for quickly creating sample text in your document but each command follows a similar syntax: =command(# of Paragraphs, # of Sentences in paragraph)

 

Method 1

      =rand(#p,#s)
 

Where

   #p = number of paragraphs

   #s = number of sentences in each of the paragraphs.

 

For example:

Hitting enter after typing “=rand(2,3)” without the quotes, would generate the following text that seem to come from a section of the help file:
 

Video provides a powerful way to help you prove your point. When you click Online Video, you can paste in the embed code for the video you want to add. You can also type a keyword to search online for the video that best fits your document.

To make your document look professionally produced, Word provides header, footer, cover page, and text box designs that complement each other. For example, you can add a matching cover page, header, and sidebar. Click Insert and then choose the elements you want from the different galleries.

 

Method 2

     =rand.old(#p,#s)

 

Where

   #p = number of paragraphs

   #s = number of sentences in each of the paragraphs.

 

For example:

Hitting enter after typing “=rand.old(2,3)” without the quotes, would generate the following text that uses the classic sentence using all the letters of the alphabet:
 

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

 

Method 3

     =lorem(#p,#s)

 

Where

   #p = number of paragraphs

   #s = number of sentences in each of the paragraphs.

 

For example:

Hitting enter after typing “=lorem(2,3)” without the quotes, would generate the following Latin text that has been used to sample spacing and features of a font.
 

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas porttitor congue massa. Fusce posuere, magna sed pulvinar ultricies, purus lectus malesuada libero, sit amet commodo magna eros quis urna.

Nunc viverra imperdiet enim. Fusce est. Vivamus a tellus.

 

Closing

This little tip on adding sample text to your Word document can be handy in quickly generating a lot of sample text on to a sheet. Hopefully, this will be helpful to test out that printer or put a placeholder into your document, and if someone is looking over your shoulder when you do it – they will be impressed.

 

 

 

Publish Date: December 4, 2015

Last review Date: December 4, 2015

Doc Number: HT0011512

Author: H.W. Mattos

Tags: Word, Office, Sample, Test

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