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How to Insert Lorem Ipsum or Random Text into a Microsoft Word Document

Creating Lorem Ipsum or Random Text is simple if you have a copy of Microsoft Word. Here’s how it works as well as how to tweak the default behavior.

Insert Lorem Ipsum or Random Text into Microsoft Word Document

Microsoft Word (All versions) has a hidden feature that allows you to easily insert Lorem Ipsum or Random text into your document. I actually use the feature all the Word 2007, 2010, and the latest Word 2013 has a groovy feature that allows you to create Random text or Lorem Ipsum text quickly and easily using a simple command. It’s very convenient for bloggers who need to create a mock website with dummy text or create a mockup of something for a PowerPoint presentation.

So first let’s review the command for Lorem Ipsum and then consider the command for inserting Random Text into a word document.

Editors note: As of 2017, only the Windows version of Microsoft Word supports inserting Lorem Ipsum. Microsoft Word for Mac only supports inserting Random text.

Insert Lorem Ipsum into a Microsoft Word document

Type =lorem() into a new or existing Word document and hit the enter key.

insert-lorem-ipsum-microsoft-word

Inserting Random text works in exactly the same way.

Insert Random Text into a Microsoft Word document

Type =rand() into a new or existing Word document to insert Random text.

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Additional Features

Although you can use the commands above, Microsoft also allows you to change the default behavior by modifying the syntax a bit. Very handy if you want to control how much text is generated.

  • Use the Syntax =lorem(paragraph,sentence) or =rand(paragraph,sentence)
    • =lorem(3,9) will create Lorem Ipsum text output with 3 Paragraphs each with 9 Sentences
    • =rand(4,3) will create Random text output with 4 Paragraphs each with 3 Sentences
  • Word 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007 support the =lorem() syntax
  • Word 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003 support the =rand() syntax

Article originally published 4/8/2008. Updated 8/8/2017.


10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. jjacks  

    Great tip. That’s a new one for me! Would almost classify this as an “easter egg”.

    Thanks GroovyDude

  2. @JJacks – Appreciate the feedback! The feature is actually documented in KB212251 which is why I didn’t call it an Easter Egg. It is however one of the more obscure features in the Microsoft Office family.

  3. Bill Peschka  

    If the title is “How-To Insert Loren Ipsum into Microsoft Word 2010 or 2007 Document” and the Additional Info says lorem() only works in 2007, couldn’t the title be shortened and the footnote eliminated?

    • Hi Bill – Just tested Word 2010 and it look like it’s working now so I updated the article again. Thanks for the comment.

  4. David Ferrier  

    Minor typo:
    •Word 2007, 2010 ***support*** the =lorem() syntax
    •Word 2003, 2007 and 2010 ***supports*** the =rand() syntax

    I suggest both comments use “support”

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  6. DB  

    Not working for me. Is there some setting I need to fix? When I type it, all I get is a paragraph return. Any ideas? Thanks!

  7. Bill Peschka  

    What version of Word?
    What are you typing that doesn’t work?

  8. DB  

    Bill, I am in Word 2007 (still). At the top of a new document I typed =lorem(3,3) just to see if it would work. When I hit enter, I simply moved to the next line; no new text appeared. I’m hopeful that this is user error because I think it would be cool to use. Thanks for following up.

  9. Bill Peschka  

    DB
    I’m on 2010 so can’t match your experience. I remember having no problem in 2007, but believe I was using the =rand(3,3) rather than lorem..

    So, my only suggestion would be to try rand()

    Good Luck

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