How to select cells randomly in Excel?

Supposing you have a column of values (A1: A15) in a worksheet, and now you need to select 5 random cells of them, how could you deal with this? In this article, I will show you some tricks to select cells randomly in Excel.

Select cells randomly from a column with formula

Select cells randomly from a column with User Defined Function (UDF)

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As the following screenshot shows, you have a range of data from A1 to A15, the Rand and Index formula can help you display the random cells in a new column. Please do as follows:

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1. In the adjacent cell such as B1, enter the formula =RAND(), and press the Enter key, then copy the formula to the cell B15. And the random values will be filled with the cells. See screenshot:

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2. Then in the next cell over, in this case cell C1, enter the formula =INDEX($A$1:$A$15,RANK(B1,$B$1:$B$15)).

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3. Then press Enter key, and select the cell C1, drag the fill handle to cover as many cells as desired selections. And random 5 cells of range A1:A15 have been displayed in the column C. See screenshot:

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The following VBA code also can help you to display random cells that you need.

1. Click Developer > Visual Basic, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, click Insert > Module, and input the following function into the Module:

Function RandomSelection(aRng As Range)
'Update20131113
Dim index As Integer
Randomize
index = Int(aRng.Count * Rnd + 1)
RandomSelection = aRng.Cells(index).Value
End Function

2. Then close the module window, and enter this function =RandomSelection($A$1:$A$15) in the cell B1. See screenshot:

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3. Press Enter key, and a random value of A1:A15 has been displayed in column B. And then drag the fill handle to cover as many cells as desired selections.

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The above two methods can display the random cell values in a new column, and they are only applied for a single column range, not work for a range of cells. Kutools for Excel's Sort Range Randomly tool can help you select cells randomly in an original range conveniently.


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With this Sort Range Randomly utility, you can quickly select the random cells, rows and columns that you need. Do as following steps:

1. Select the range that you want to use.

2. Apply the utility by clicking Kutools > Range Converter > Sort Range Randomly, see screenshot:

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3. In the Sort Range Randomly dialog box, click Select button, and enter the number of the cells that you want to select, then check the Select Type you need. See screenshot:

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4. Then click OK or Apply, and random 10 cells have been selected in the original range. See screenshot:

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The Sort Range Randomly utility also can help you rearrange the selected cells in random order. Click to know more about this function.


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Comments  

0#Michael C. Johnson2014-01-05 02:01
Thanks, very helpful!
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-1#Kiran2014-01-29 10:29
It was very helpful.
I was looking for random selection of numbers and random selection of names for performing Quality check. please help me.
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-1#Zabron C. Nziku2014-02-28 09:26
Thanks, it was very helpful
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0#Bel Vanderploeg2014-03-20 06:24
i would like to sort 4 columns but only one column is sorted. Is there a way to do this?
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-2#Bel Vanderploeg2014-03-20 06:25
I would like to random select a document with 500 items. I want to select 10 percent. There are four columns in that document. Is there a way to do this?
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