Mystery of =rand(200,99)

What really is the =rand(200,99)? Before I ask this to you, how did you find out about this anyway? That’s what I really ought to ask. But if you are a fan of reading love novels and if you’ve really read ‘One Night at the Call Center’ by ‘Chetan Bhagat’ then it wouldn’t be a surprise that you ended up here.

But let’s see what exactly is it?

At once, it sure was considered a bug. The reason is simple. Just as the author mentions in the book, the text that appears is something like ‘the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’. But that has now changed over time and of course the software versions. Now you get a sort of documentation. But still, to a usual user, this does not mean to make any sense.

On the other hand, when I made a research on it, many say that Microsoft has stated this as a feature and not a bug. Between the brackets, you can type any other numeric values in the format of x,y. These values that you enter actually indicate the number of paragraphs and its repetitions made. 

Can’t make it work?

I assume you made a teeny tiny mistake here and there which isn’t allowing it to function. 

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. Be it a blank page or a new line
  3. type ‘=rand(200,99)’
  4. There is NO space between any of the characters
  5. Then click enter and wait for a moment
  6. You’ll be looking at hundreds of pages of words that won’t make sense to you!

So this is a small prank that you can play on your friends and family and probably give them a little scare too! Just tell them the computer is affected by a virus and they’ll run around.

Oh, but there is something that I forgot…where are my manners? We are in 2019 now! Who will listen to your joke now? Anyway, thanks for visiting Madman’s Journey. I am sure you had a great time reading.

Until next time!