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Insert Dummy Text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to insert dummy text on a slide in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Dummy text can be helpful while designing sample slides or templates.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






Many PowerPoint designers, especially template designers need some dummy text to quickly add to their slides so that they can ascertain how some body of text looks or fits within a certain text box or placeholder.

Microsoft introduced an undocumented feature in PowerPoint 2010 that lets you achieve this with just a few keystrokes, and once you are used to these shortcuts, you'll learn to appreciate them so much!

Follow these steps to add dummy text within PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Click anywhere on your text container, as shown in Figure 1. Your container can be:
    • A text placeholder such as the title, the subtitle, or a content placeholder.
    • A text box such as one you place by accessing the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and choosing the Text Box option.
    • A shape you insert from the Shapes gallery. The Shapes gallery is available from several Ribbon tabs including the Home and Insert tabs.
  2. A text placeholder with an insertion point
    Figure 1: A text placeholder with an insertion point
  3. Tip: If you want to learn more about the difference between a text placeholder and a text box, refer to our Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows tutorial.
  4. Thereafter, type "=rand()" without the quotes as shown in Figure 2, and press the Enter key.
  5. Enter your secret keystroke
    Figure 2: Enter your secret keystroke
  6. As soon as you press the Enter key, you will see 3 paragraphs containing the text "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" repeated 5 times, as shown in Figure 3.
  7. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” dummy text inserted in the selected text placeholder
    Figure 3: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" dummy text inserted in the selected text placeholder
  8. Whether you see paragraphs or bulleted text depends upon where you type in the keystroke:
    • Typing in a simple text placeholder or text box, or even the title or sub-title placeholders results in paragraphs. These may be left or center aligned (or even right-aligned) based on the attributes of the text container within which you type the keystroke.
    • Typing in a content placeholder or bulleted text placeholder (or text box) results in bulleted paragraphs.
    • Typing in a shape results in center aligned paragraphs
  9. You can control the numbers of lines and paragraphs that show up by adding an argument to your keystroke as explained below:
    • =rand(4,2) will provide you with 4 paragraphs of 2 lines each of "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" text.
    • =rand(2,1) will provide you with 2 paragraphs of 1 line each of "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" text.
  10. You can also add dummy Latin text by typing the "=lorem()" keystroke without the quotes, and pressing the Enter key. This provides 3 paragraphs of fake Latin text (Lorem ipsum dolor...), as shown in Figure 4.
  11. Lorem ipsum text inserted in the selected text placeholder
    Figure 4: Lorem ipsum text inserted in the selected text placeholder
  12. The =lorem() keystroke does allow arguments to choose from, but there are fewer options:
    • =lorem(1) gets you one paragraph/line of fake Latin text.
    • =lorem(2) gets you two paragraphs/lines of fake Latin text.
    • =lorem(3) gets you three paragraphs/lines of fake Latin text.
  13. Any other value such as =lorem(), =lorem(0), or even =lorem(8000) gets you three paragraphs/lines of fake Latin text.
Note: Typing "=rand()" without quotes works with both PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 for Windows, and also PowerPoint 2008 and 2011 for Mac. However, typing "=lorem()" without the quotes works only with PowerPoint 2010 for Windows and with PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

See Also:

Insert Dummy Text in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Insert Dummy Text in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Insert Dummy Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Insert Dummy Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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