Fill a Page with Dummy Text


Q. When putting together a report, I use dummy text to test how a certain font or layout fits on a page. For years I’ve been creating the type and saving it from one report to the other. I heard there’s a way to get Word to create dummy text for me.

A. I had never heard of that, but I did a little research, and lo and behold, there is a very neat way to do it. Here’s how:

Type =rand(10,12) and Word fills the screen with 10 paragraphs of this type:

You can set how many paragraphs you want to display (by adjusting the first number in the formula) and the number of sentences in each paragraph (by resetting the second number).

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