Inserting Dummy Text in Word


lorem imageI write a lot of documentation. For me junk text is necessary for a few reasons. I may not want to display real names or confidential information using prior documents when I write a How-To. Or I may not want people to concentrate on the text shown; I’d rather make it nonsensical. Or maybe I just need a lot more text than I feel like creating in order to demonstrate a task.  While there is a lot of dummy text on the internet, you may want to stick with the old Lorem Ipsum just to be on the safe side. Here I show you how to dump text in Word using Word tools, but also what sites to bookmark for generating dummy text.

Inserting Random Text in Word

  1. Type the following on a page:

random text

  1. Hit the Enter key. Random text appears in your document as a few paragraphs in English. It reads like random instructions.  You can change the original syntax to provide more text.  =rand(paragraphs, sentences)   For Example: =rand(5,10) will result in 5 paragraphs of 10 sentences each.  While this is fairly fast, it takes time to adjust the syntax and at least one of your users/readers will wonder why your instructions are so confusing.

random text text

Inserting Lorem Ipsum in Word

  1. Type the following on a page:

type lorem

  1. Hit the Enter key.  Some Latin mumbo jumbo shows up.  You can change the syntax up as in step 2 above.  =lorem(paragraphs, sentences)

lorem text

Using Websites to Cut & Paste Lorem Ipsum

Well if you’re really digging that Latin extraction, here’s a few websites you can bookmark for future use and which allow for some customization. NOTE:  Beware those funky Lorem sites out there; read the small text carefully or you’ll be pasting and documenting some trash talk!

  1. http://www.lipsum.com/     This site even tells you where Lorem Ipsum came from. Select your options and then click Generate Lorem Ipsum.  Copy the text results that are generated and paste them into your Word doc.

lorem site 1

  1. http://loremipsumtext.com/     This site allows for a change in sentence case. You then copy the text shown and paste it in your Word doc.

lorem site 2

  1. http://www.blindtextgenerator.com/lorem-ipsum     This site is a dummy text generator with other options besides Lorem Ipsum. Select your options and use the available Select All and Copy to Clipboard buttons at the top of the page to then paste into your Word doc.

lorem site 3

About the Author

Karen Homan

Karen is a 14 year veteran at an upstate New York college where she writes and edits end-user documentation to educate faculty and staff in computer software. She has been involved with software training for over 17 years, is experienced in producing training videos, blogs about technology, and creates instructional material for her day job. One of her passions is figuring things out. Her favorite motto is IBM’s old one word slogan: THINK.

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