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Friday, April 26, 2019

How to Generate Random Text in Word

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Sometimes, you might need some boilerplate or filler text in a Word document. One solution is to head over to a lorem ipsum or dummy text generator to create that text. Alternatively, you can create the text yourself directly in Word.

Generate Random Text with the Rand Formula

If you want to use random (yet coherent) text as filler content in your Word document, you can use the random content generation formula provided by Word. There are, however, a few notes to make when using this function, depending on how much text you need.

The first method is to simply type in the following formula:

=Rand()

This will automatically generate five paragraphs, each containing three sentences.

You can change how much random text Word generates by filling in what’s between the parentheses. To do that, you’ll use =Rand(x,y), where x is the number of paragraphs and y is the number of sentences in each paragraph. For example, if you want seven paragraphs that each contain four sentences, you’d use the following formula:

=Rand(7,4)

There is a maximum amount you can input at once, though. However, you can just reuse the same formula as many times as necessary.

Generate Lorem Ipsum Text with the Lorem Formula

If you’re feeling a bit more old school, Word can also generate Lorem Ipsum text in the same way. And even if it’s not the tradition you’re after, Lorem Ipsum text has its place. When you use readable English text (like that generated by the rand formula), it can be a distraction if what you want people looking at is the design of a document.

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