Generating Random Text in Word

Ever been testing or demonstrating a Word feature and wish you had a few sentences of random text? In the past we resorted to quickly banging out "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" or "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party." But you don't have to bang away at the keyboard to get a few random sentences in Word.

All you need to do is type: =RAND(X,Y) where...

  • X= the number of paragraphs you want
  • Y= the number of sentences each paragraph should have

Then press enter.

So =rand(3,2) would produce this:

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.

You can even shortcut a bit by typing just the number of paragraphs such as "=rand(2)" and Word will generate two paragraphs with a default of three sentences each.

Shortcut it even more by leaving the parameter empty -- "=rand()" and Word will just generate three paragraphs of three sentences.

Want to show off how cultured you are? Instead of using =Rand() try using =lorem() and instead of three paragraphs of English text giving you vaguely useful information about Word you'll get three paragraphs of latin instead. Well, sort of. You'll get the lorem ipsum text which looks like Latin but is actually nonsense. Unless one of your audience actually speaks Latin they might not know the difference though.

=lorem() works the same way that =rand() does. You can specify that you want X paragraphs of Y sentences if you want such as "=lorem(5,2)".

Remember to press enter to activate the command.

Didn't Work for You?

You probably have "Replace Text as you Type" disabled in the AutoCorrect Options. Re-enable it and you should get it going.

Voila! Random text for you to play with.