Tuesday, February 1, 2005

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog

Did you know about this? Open a Word document, and type this and then press Enter:
=rand()
You can even add parameters to the "function":
=rand(paragraphs, sentences per paragraph)
I knew it existed; I just didn't know how to do it.

6 comments:

Andy Misle said...

Dude, that's awesome! Do they have a similar function that does Lorem Ipsum?

By the way, it's jumps over the lazy dog :)

Travis said...

I don't think that there's something built-in with lorem ipsum text, but you can simulate it with an AutoText snippet.

Anonymous said...

In case anyone is wondering, the max # of paragraphs is 200 and a max of 99 sentences

Anonymous said...

That is totally sweet.

Anonymous said...

This is why people hate software companies. Garbage like this serves 100% no purpose. What the hell am I supposed to do someday, if for some strange reason, I actually need to have the text '=rand()' in my Word document? So derp.

Travis said...

I really hope that was a joke comment. First of all, if you really want the text =rand() in your document, you can still add it. Either don't press Enter afterwards, or press Enter and then Ctrl+Z to undo the AutoCorrect, just like how AutoCorrect always works.

But the feature isn't worthless at all. I found out how you do it because I saw it used in a demo. Someone was showing off some of the new Word 12 features, and they needed a big block of sample text, so they used =rand(). Now, normal people aren't going to be demoing Word 12 features that much. However, normal people DO like to try out different page layouts, headers, footers, art placement, and so forth. Having a way to add blocks of nonsense text is a feature that has existed in a lot of software; usually it's some variation on "lorem ipsum dolor" instead of "the quick brown fox." I think that the first occurrence of this might have been in QuarkXPress.

Irrelevant stories aside, it's NOT at all a useless feature. I keep a text file full of nonsense text in the coveted root folder of My Documents for exactly this purpose. You just don't think you have a use for it. (Like I mentioned, I hope you're joking, in which case this is just a comment directed at the world.)