When designing documents without complete content, it’s possible to use filler text.

Filler text allows you to get the formatting correct before later replace it with the actual text without losing formatting.

I use filler text in my branded document templates. My clients can see how something will look with the colours, fonts, and size without “real text” taking the focus away from the look and feel.

Lorum Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum is filler text originally used by the printing and typesetting industry and later adopted by the digital printing and publishing world. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard filler text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

Adding Lorum Ipsum in Word and PowerPoint

If you want to insert some filler text in a Word document, start a new paragraph, type =lorem() and hit Enter. If you need more than three paragraphs, use the formula =lorem(m,n) where m is the number of paragraphs and n denotes the number of lines that should be included in each of these paragraph.

Quick Brown Foxes

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog is known to anybody who’s attempted to learn to touch type (something that sadly I’ve never mastered). It can also be used as filler text in documents.

Adding the Quick Brown Fox in Word

Add =rand.old(m,n) at the beginning of a new paragraph and hit enter.

Adding the Quick Brown Fox in PowerPoint

Use ​=rand(m,n) at the beginning of a new paragraph and hit enter. If the content placeholder is set up for bullets, then the paragraphs will automatically be bullets.

My recommended Lorem Ipsum generators

Bacon

Lipsum

When proofreading, you want incorrect words to light up the spelling and grammar​ checker tool of your choice.  The advantage Lipsum has over other filler text is that it looks so out of context when proofreading documents. It easily picks up the Latin as errors.​

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque vel felis tellus. Suspendisse potenti. Suspendisse potenti. Praesent magna felis, pulvinar sed dictum in, congue at erat. Pellentesque tempus lobortis velit at faucibus. Morbi mollis erat id sem feugiat, quis vehicula sem porttitor. Suspendisse ut semper tellus, eget lobortis libero. In tristique, justo a efficitur ultrices, urna neque viverra massa, nec suscipit mi tortor in odio. Morbi consectetur lorem odio, nec condimentum diam finibus ac. Duis arcu ante, dignissim in dui in, accumsan auctor neque. Nunc ac tellus nisl. Sed vel lobortis tortor.

Bacon

Bacon Ipsum

In my humble opinion, Bacon Ipsum is the yummiest version of dummy text/ filler text out there (unless you’re a vegetarian)​.  You’ll be salivating all over your monitor when you use this as your filler text. You can have a gourmet version with all meat or you can add some Latin words to make it a little more like a “BBQ sausage”.

Bacon ipsum dolor amet pork kevin jowl tail. Shankle pork belly bresaola pork chop tail prosciutto short ribs t-bone meatloaf chuck. Kielbasa ribeye beef ribs prosciutto spare ribs. Hamburger shankle bresaola, bacon turducken ham hock andouille jowl brisket tenderloin porchetta prosciutto pork chop short ribs jerky. Cupim ground round leberkas, sirloin cow tenderloin salami spare ribs brisket meatball chicken pork belly ball tip hamburger. Pork chop flank kielbasa pastrami pork rump.

Gangsta Ipsum

Fo shizzle, this is another great example of filler text that will light up your spelling and grammar checker.

Lorizzle ipsum dolor sit amizzle, consectetizzle hizzle sure. Nullam sapizzle velizzle, bling bling volutpizzle, suscipit quis, gravida vel, fo shizzle. Pellentesque eget tortor. Sed eros. Fusce izzle fo shizzle gangster phat tempizzle boofron. Maurizzle mah nizzle bizzle we gonna chung turpis. Own yo’ izzle tortor. Pellentesque tellivizzle rhoncizzle pimpin’. In hizzle break it down platea dictumst. Bling bling dapibizzle. Curabitizzle that’s the shizzle things, pretizzle bizzle, mattizzle ac, eleifend vitae, nunc. Shizzlin dizzle crazy.

Generators for nerds, food lovers and animal lovers

Star Wars Ipsum

The lorem ipsum is strong in this one

Pussy Cat Ipsum

Have a text filled with cat language

Riker Ipsum

Let Spock decide your text

Picksum Ipsum

Are you feeling lucky punk?

Doctor Ipsum

The Doctors will fill your world with text

Cupcake Ipsum

Your text will be frosted and covered in sprinkles

Do you use Lorem Ipsum? Which generator do you use?  I’d love to hear from you.

Lynette embodies an intrinsic ability to save business owners money by delivering back the all-elusive “spare” time so they can use it to do what they love. She puts these principles into practice in her own business – Kits and Bits.

Lynette is an avid genealogist and tango dancer.

Lynette Delane

Tech Translator, Kits and Bits

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