Microsoft Word – adding dummy text

If you are creating a mock-up of a newsletter or brochure in Microsoft Word, you may want to insert some dummy text to see how the text will fit into the layout, and also show the font and size to be used in the final document.

The RAND function can be used to do this. The function has two arguments, the first being how many paragraphs you want and the second being how many sentences there should be in each paragraph.

So =RAND(2,3) followed by pressing the Enter key, will produce dummy text of 2 paragraphs with 3 sentences in each paragraph. The text below shows what text appeared when I just used this function.

On the Insert tab, the galleries include items that are designed to coordinate with the overall look of your document. You can use these galleries to insert tables, headers, footers, lists, cover pages, and other document building blocks. When you create pictures, charts, or diagrams, they also coordinate with your current document look.

You can easily change the formatting of selected text in the document text by choosing a look for the selected text from the Quick Styles gallery on the Home tab. You can also format text directly by using the other controls on the Home tab. Most controls offer a choice of using the look from the current theme or using a format that you specify directly.

I have italicised it afterwards but could have applied any other formatting as required.

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