Mock up your layouts with dummy text that helps to envision the final appearance of the project.

Two page magazine layout with the title: Lighthouses of Maine

Create or select a text frame

You can select the frame with the Selection tool or place an insertion point inside it with the Type tool.

Initial magazine layout design in InDesign with two headlines in text frames

Add placeholder text

Click Fill With Placeholder Text in the Quick Actions section of the Properties panel. You may have to scroll to locate it.

Fill with Placeholder Text option is highlighted in the Quick Actions section of the Properties panel

You can also add placeholder text to threaded, or linked, frames.

Layout updated to include image of a lighthouse and two threaded text frames

Remove placeholder text

To remove or replace placeholder text, double-click any frame in the thread, choose Edit > Select All, and then delete the text.

Two threaded text frames are highlighted with the menu selection Edit > Select All

Now you can format the dummy text to resemble the final text and present your design-in-progress confidently for client review.

The final layout design previewed in InDesign


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