I promised a tip for Windows next. I tested this on a Mac hoping it was a cross platform tip, but it’s still a Windows only trick today. I discovered one of these and then the other in Word 2013, but it’s been around since at least Word 2003 as well (there’s a link to another article for Word 98 which was a Mac version, so maybe it originated on the Mac, like Word and the Office Suite itself
) When you are in Word and you want to focus on the layout or the look of a document more than the words, sentences, paragraphs, etc. Use the following =lorem() and press enter.
It’s handy and can control how much text is placed into the document. If you use two numbers in the parenthesis separated by a comma, you get the number of paragraphs and then number of sentences specified – (2,4) would produce two paragraphs each with 4 sentences of “non-localized, pseudo-Latin sample text”. Since it’s Windows only, the files could be saved from a Windows version and then used online or on a Mac or mobile/tablet version of the apps.
Watch for more features in Office applications coming next week.