When you need to fill a text frame (or a bunch of linked text frames) with “dummy” text, place the text cursor in the frame and choose Type > Fill with Placeholder Text.

InDesign applies the current text formatting (the style of the text where the cursor was placed) to all the text it adds. By default, the text is quasi-Latin based on the Lorem Ipsum text that designers have been using for decades. However, if the Caps Lock key is held down, InDesign uses random words from an oration by Cicero.

Don’t like that either? Save any text file (ASCII txt file only) in the InDesign application folder with the name placeholder.txt and InDesign will use that text instead!