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How to quickly generate random time in Excel?

In Excel, in a common situation, most of us may need to insert random numbers, date or text strings as our desired. But sometimes, have you ever tried to insert times randomly in a range of cells? Actually, we can apply some formulas to insert random time into the worksheet.

Generate random time in Excel with formulas

Generate random time in Excel with a handy feature


Generate random time in Excel with formulas

The following formulas can help you to generate random time in a range of cells, please do as these:

Generate random time in Excel

Please enter the below formula into a blank cell, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells you want to get the times, see screenshot:

=TEXT(RAND(),"HH:MM:SS")


Generate random time between two times in Excel

If you want to generate random time between two given times, such as generate time from 11 o’clock to 15 o’clock, you can use below formula.

Type the following formula into a blank cell, and drag the fill handle over to the range that you want to insert the time.

=TEXT(RAND()*(15-11)/24+11/24,"HH:MM:SS")

And you will get the random time which between 11 o’clock and 15 o’clock. See screenshot:

Note: In the above formula, the number 15 is the end time, and 11 stand for the start time. You can change them as you need.

Generate random time at specific intervals in Excel

To generate random times at specific intervals, such as random times at a 15-minute interval.To deal with this job in Excel, you can use the RAND and FLOOR functions within the TEXT function, please do as this:

Copy or enter the following formula into a blank cell, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to get the time.

=TEXT(FLOOR(RAND(),"0:15"),"HH:MM:SS")

Note: In the above formula, the number 15 is the time interval, if you need the random times with 30- interval, just replace the 15 with 30.

Generate random date and time between two datetimes in Excel

Here is also a formula which can help you to generate random date and time in the worksheet.

Please enter or copy the below formula into a blank cell, then drag the fill handle to the cells that you want to insert the date and time.

=TEXT(RAND()*("2021-2-10 12:00:00"-"2020-10-1 9:00")+"2020-10-1 9:00:00","YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS")

Note: in this formula, 2021-2-10 12:00:00 stands for the end date and time, and 2020-10-1 9:00:00 is the start date and time, you can modify them to your need.

Generate random time in Excel with a handy feature

If you are tired of the formulas, here, I can talk about an easy way to solve it. With Kutools for Excel’s Insert Random Data utility, you can quickly insert random numbers, date, time, and other text strings.

Note:To apply this Insert Random Data, firstly, you should download the Kutools for Excel, and then apply the feature quickly and easily.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Select a blank range of cells that you want to insert random time.

2. Click Kutools > Insert > Insert Random Data, see screenshot:

3. In the Insert Random Data dialog box, click Time tab, and then enter the start time into the From box, and type the end time into the To box, see screenshot:

Tips: To insert some random distinct time, please check Unique values option.

4. Then click Ok or Apply button, the random time has been inserted into the cells. See screenshot:

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    Edinho · 6 years ago
    Thanks for the post, i really needed random hour, and this helped me a lot!!