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Monday, September 22, 2008

Geek Trivia: Hidden Text Generator

Our favorite document editor, MicroSoft Word, has a hidden function! This is called the RAND function, oftentimes called an Easter Egg, and sometimes feared as a virus. It is actually a Word function that's undocumented in the online Help, but documented in the MS Knowledge Base.

According to the article, this function:
Microsoft Word allows you to quickly insert sample text into a document. To do this, type =rand() in the document where you want the text to appear, and then press ENTER.

The inserted text is that hardy perennial: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, which contains every letter in the English alphabet.

The first number is the number of paragraphs, and the second the number of sentences per paragraph.
Here's how to do it:

Open a new document file
Type =rand (X,Y) where X and Y are random numbers
Press Enter

Surprising, huh?
Source: http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Formatting/DummyText.htm

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