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Insert Dummy Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to insert dummy text on a slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Dummy text can be helpful while designing sample slides or templates.

Sometimes, you may need some dummy text to quickly add to your slides so that you can ascertain how some body of text looks or fits within a certain text box or placeholder.

Microsoft introduced an undocumented feature in PowerPoint 2011 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 2011:

  1. Click anywhere in your text object, as shown in Figure 1. Your text object can be:

  2. 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 2011 for Mac tutorial.
  4. Thereafter, type "=rand()" without the quotes as shown in Figure 2, and press the Return key.

  5. Figure 2: Enter your secret keystroke
  6. As soon as you press the Return 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. 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 Return key. This provides 3 paragraphs of fake Latin text (Lorem ipsum dolor...), as shown in Figure 4.

  11. 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 2010 for Windows