Microsoft Word

Lorem Ipsum – the Dummies Guide to Dummy Text

If you work in design or printing (or with designers or printers) you will often see some pretty weird-looking text in documents, advertisements, posters and other design work:

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.”


Lorem ipsum is typically a corrupted version of De finibus bonorum et malorum, an ancient text by the Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero.

The text is used as “placeholder”, or “dummy” text when a document, pamphlet, print advert or similar is being designed and the actual copy has not yet been written. This is such common practice that Microsoft Word even introduced a function to generate Lorem Ipsum text!

  1. Type the following in a Microsoft Word document: =lorem()
  2. Press the enter key and the “command” will be replaced by the standard Lorem Ipsum text.

In Phase 1 of you PAT your Word report will have quite a number of headings with nothing underneath them – why not show off and use this dummy text as placeholder text in the meantime!

By MisterFoxOnline

CAT Educator

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