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Word: Random text generator

July 22, 2008

Problem: You need to populate a Word document with a lot of ‘dummy’ text very quickly—and you don’t care what the text is.

Solution: Use Word’s random text generator:

  1. Open a new, blank Word document.
  2. Type =rand(5,2) in the first line then press Enter.

What you get:

  • Word 2003: Five paragraphs filled with two repeated ‘quick brown fox’ sentences.
  • Word 2007: Five paragraphs filled with some Help text.

If you want more, change the numeric values for the number of paragraphs and the number of sentences per paragraph. For example, =rand(10,8) creates ten paragraphs, each containing eight sentences.

Update 2 December 2008: Woody’s Office Watch has written quite a bit more on how to use rand in this article from 21 November 2008. They also explain how to get ‘the quick brown fox’ text back into Word 2007, and they show you how to get lorem ipsum text into Word 2007 too.

[This article was first published in the March 2007 CyberText Newsletter; updated 21 August 2008 with Word 2007 information]

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