Lorem Ipsum and other random filler text in Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Excel 2007


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There comes a time in everyone’s life when you don’t really have the inspiration to write pages and pages of content.  Whether you have spent hours working on a fantastic document layout, or are just plain lazy, there are options to make it look like you have put extra work in :)

Word 2007

In Word 2007 you have two options for filler text.  The first is the traditional ‘Lorem Ipsum’ pig Latin.  Lorem Ipsum has been the standard filler text for centuries, and is used when you want viewers to focus on layout and presentation, instead of just content.  To get a few paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum, simply type the following and press enter

=lorem()

The result is the following…

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas porttitor congue massa. Fusce posuere, magna sed pulvinar ultricies, purus lectus malesuada libero, sit amet commodo magna eros quis urna.

Nunc viverra imperdiet enim. Fusce est. Vivamus a tellus.

Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Proin pharetra nonummy pede. Mauris et orci.

The second option for filler text in Word 2007 is just some random text from one of the Office 2007 help files.  To get some random, yet English looking text, type…

=rand()

The end result is the following…

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.

To change the overall look of your document, choose new Theme elements on the Page Layout tab. To change the looks available in the Quick Style gallery, use the Change Current Quick Style Set command. Both the Themes gallery and the Quick Styles gallery provide reset commands so that you can always restore the look of your document to the original contained in your current template.

PowerPoint 2007

Only one option in PowerPoint 2007… and it is a classic.  Again like the random text in Word, type =rand() followed by enter.  The resulting text is…

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Excel 2007

Again only one option in Excel, however this time you are generating a random number.  =rand() in a cell produces a random number.

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4 thoughts on “Lorem Ipsum and other random filler text in Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Excel 2007

  1. Actually “Again only one option in Excel” isn’t entirely true. There’s another option. Excel2007 includes the RandBetween function so you can get a random number between two values — say 1 and 100.

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