Dummy Text also known as Filler Text

Dummy text is also known as ‘filler text.  It’ is generic text that is inserted so that you can see the formatting and layout.  This is especially useful when creating multicolumn frame-based layouts such as brochures, newsletters, documents and websites.

 Different applications use different words for dummy text; some programs repeat the same sentence over and over, use nonsense words or use pseudo-Latin phrases.  See the examples below:

=rand.old(1,2) =lorem(1,2) =rand(1,2)
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To insert dummy text, you use a random function such as =rand(p,s); where ‘p’ represents the desired number of paragraphs, ‘s’ represents the desired number of sentences.  For example, to get eight paragraphs with four sentences each use:

  • =rand(8,4) or
  • =lorem(8,4) to give you pseudo-Latin phrases

 This functions works only when it is typed as a paragraph all to itself.  It doesn’t work when typed as part of an existing paragraph or any other position. 

 Word 2013 however has real English language paragraphs that it uses, and they even make sense!  By default Word inserts five paragraphs if you use =rand() without any reference to number of paragraphs or sentences.  If you insert more than five paragraphs they start repeating.



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