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Create random text or Lorem Ipsum in Word

Microsoft Word has a function that allows you to create random text in a few steps. This random text is also called dummy text or ‘Lorem Ipsum’ in Latin. It is meaningless content consisting of a few sentences, which is convenient for bloggers. You can quickly fill half a page of text, and it is also possible to decide the length of the text. This article will show you alternative ways to generate random text in Microsoft Word.

How to generate random text in Word

The easiest method to create random text in a Microsoft Word document is using the rand function.

Follow the steps below to generate random text in Word.

  1. Place your cursor or click in your Word document where you want the random text to appear.
  2. Type =rand()
  3. Then press the ENTER button
how to insert or generate random text with the rand() function in Microsoft Word.

Word automatically generates the random text, as you can see in the picture below. The default content of this random text consists of 5 paragraphs, each consisting of 3 sentences.

How to generate random text in Word

Create long random text with the rand() function in Word

Suppose you want to enter a longer random text in Word than the default. Fortunately, you can decide how many paragraphs and sentences the random text will have. Use the format below to determine the size of the text.

=rand(number of paragraphs, number of sentences in each paragraph)

Follow the steps below to create a longer random text in Word.

  1. Place your cursor or click in your Word document where you want the random text to appear.
  2. Type =rand(8,5)
  3. Then press the ENTER button

The only difference is that you have to put numbers between the formula’s brackets.

Use the =rand function to enter a longer random text in Microsoft Word

You will now see the longer random text is created in Word. It consists of 8 paragraphs, each with 5 sentences.

How to insert longer =rand() text in Microsoft Word.

Generate random text with the rand.old() function in Word 2007 and later

You could also use another rand function, which has a different text. It is supposed to represent the letters of the alphabet. If your language settings in Word are in English, the same sentence will be repeated. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Follow the steps below to generate random text in Word 2007 and above.

  • Place your cursor or click in your Word document where you want the random text to appear.
  • Type =rand.old()
  • Then press the ENTER button
=rand.old()

Word automatically inserts the random text, as you can see in the picture below. The default content of this random text consists of 3 paragraphs, each consisting of 3 sentences.

Default rand.old() function. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Create long random text with the rand.old() function in Word 2007 and later

You can enter a longer random text in Word than the default. Just write how many paragraphs and sentences the random text will have. Use the format below to determine the size of the text.

=rand.old(number of paragraphs, number of sentences per paragraph)

Follow the steps below to create a longer random text in Word.

  • Place your cursor or click in your Word document where you want the random text to appear.
  • Type =rand.old(8,5)
  • Then press the ENTER button

The only difference is that you have to put numbers between the formula’s brackets. Look how it is done in the below picture.

=rand.old(8,5)

You will now see the longer random text created in Microsoft Word. It consists of 8 paragraphs, each with 5 sentences.

Generate long random text with the rand.old() function in Word 2007 and later.

Insert Lorem Ipsum text

Another method is to insert Latin text into your Word document. This type of dummy text is written in Latin and is not understandable, which some find better to use. Follow the steps below to insert a dummy text in Word. Please notice that this text generator only works in Microsoft Word on Windows.

  1. Place your cursor or click in your Word document where you want the random text to appear.
  2. Type =lorem()
  3. Then press the ENTER button
Use the =lorem() function in Word to generate a Latin text automatically.

Word automatically generates the Latin text into your document. Depending on your Word version, the default Lorem Ipsum content consists of 5 paragraphs with 3 sentences. Don’t get misinterpreted by the number of lines of each paragraph, as some sentences are shorter than others.

insert Lorem Ipsum text in Microsoft Word

Insert long Latin text using the lorem() function in Word

You can decide how many paragraphs and sentences the Latin text will have. You can make the Latin text longer or shorter by using the format below.

=lorem(number of paragraphs, number of senctences in each paragraph)

Follow the steps below to create a longer Latin text in Word.

  1. Place your cursor or click in your Word document where you want the Latin text to appear.
  2. Type =lorem(8,5)
  3. Then press the ENTER button

The only difference is that you have to write numbers between the brackets in the formula. After you press the ENTER button, it will automatically generate a Latin text that is less or more extended than the default.

Generate a longer Lorem Ipsum text by using the lorem function in Microsoft Word.

The picture below shows how you can easily enter a longer Lorem Ipsum text in Word. Now it consists of 8 paragraphs of 5 sentences. Some sentences are a bit shorter than others, as you can see below. Therefore some paragraphs will have two or four lines.

Lorem Ipsum longer text in microsoft word.

Please read the following article if creating a random dummy text in Word is not working.

Conclusion

Now you have learned how to use the rand and rand.old function to insert random text in Microsoft Word. Another way is to use the lorem function to generate Latin content. Remember that you can also decide the length of the random ‘dummy’ text. We hope that this article has helped you understand how to create a random text in Word.

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