Tech Tip 3 - Text Formatting in Microsoft Word

Published: 9/26/2012 8:06 AM
​As far back as the 1500s, printers and typesetters used dummy text known as Lorem Ipsum when working on publication layouts. They did this because they realized that editors were distracted by the text in a document even if they only wanted them to critique the layout.
 
As far back as the 1500s, printers and typesetters used dummy text known as Lorem Ipsum when working on publication layouts. They did this because they realized that editors were distracted by the text in a document even if they only wanted them to critique the layout.
 
Fast forward 500-plus years, and dummy text can still be used as a formatting tool in Microsoft Word. To test this, open a new Word document and type “=lorem(x,y)” where x is the number of paragraphs you’d like to see and y is the number of sentences you’d like to see in each paragraph. Then hit enter. For example, typing “=lorem(5,6)” and hitting enter will return five paragraphs of dummy text into the document, each with six sentences per paragraph.
 
You can use dummy text of this nature if you want to test a feature in Word or manipulate the layout of a document. While this isn’t a widely used feature in Word, it’s an excellent feature to use if you’d like to experiment with text formatting without having to type text or modify an existing document.
 
Odd Fact – November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. In honor of that, here’s an odd fact: Mr. Peanut was invented in 1916 by a Suffolk, Va., schoolchild who won $5 in a design contest sponsored by Planters Peanuts.
 
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