MS Word tip: Quickly add filler text to your document

Whether you're putting together a mock-up document or learning Word's formatting features, filler text can come in handy

Ever need to add some filler text to a Word document? You know, the "lorem ipsum" stuff you routinely see in document mock-ups, presentation materials, and the like.

There's a secret Word shortcut that makes this surprisingly easy. Just type (or copy and paste) either of the two following lines and then press Enter:

=rand()

=lorem()

The first one will generate three paragraphs' worth of random text, while the second produces three paragraphs of the aforementioned Lorem Ipsum gibberish. You can repeat as necessary to add more filler text to your document.

Didn't work? You may need to venture into Word's settings to enable a certain setting. Here's how to do so in Word 2007:

1. Click the Office Button, then click Word Options, Proofing, AutoCorrect Options.

2. Enable the checkbox next to Replace text as you type.

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