Photoshop CC 2019: How do I turn off "Fill new type with placeholder text"?

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I'm very unhappy with a design change after the last update. Adding a text layer to an image - When creating the text box, it is now pre-populated with highlighted text in another language. This is cumbersome if you only type one line of text. When you type over the highlight text it sometimes leaves some of the default text at the end of what you type. I really don't understand why you would have text already populated in the field. It should be empty upon start like it used to be. I've been using PS for many years. This not a good feature.
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This is Lorem Ipsum, not another language, but commonly used placeholder text. There are times when it's useful, and others when it's in the way. You can control whether or not you get automatic placeholder text in preferences.

Go to Preferences > Type... and uncheck "Fill new type layers with placeholder text"
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Thank you this worked!  I found this placeholder very annoying and didn't know how to get rid of it.
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I'm glad you could get rid of that annoyance. <g> I personally find that turning it off in Prefs, then using the Type menu to fill with placeholder text when I want it (Paste Lorem Ipsum), is the best of both worlds. As long as I set font size first, I get text that is roughly what I'm planning to enter and can then start auditioning the fonts. But when I don't want that, I don't get it the second I click with the Type tool.

BTW, it's still not great with point text. If you click for point, not click-drag for paragraph, and then choose Paste Lorem Ipsum, it will just run a line of Lorem Ipsum right off the page. <sigh>  It could use some kind of rule that for point type, no more than 5 words, or something like that.
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it is another language, its Latin!
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You are joking, right? I'll concede it's near-Latin, kind of like near-beer. It's taken out of context —bits and pieces left out or scrambled in word order to stand in for our normal length and spacing of words. Easier than to entirely make up a fake language, and only classical Latin scholars might be scratching their heads in puzzlement.

The first time I encountered it, I tried to dredge up my antique knowledge of Latin, too, but it isn't really intended to be Latin or any other language. And of course, Latin being a "dead" language, the originators could pretty much count on most people not being bothered by how almost real Latin it is.  '-}