How to select random names from a list in Excel?

Supposing you have a list of names locates in column A in Excel, for quickly selecting random name from this list, what would you do? Actually, you can select random name from list with formula. Beside the formula method, we will show you a handy add-in to easily solve this problem.

Select random name from a list with formula
Easily select random name from a list with Kutools for Excel

Select random name from a list with formula

Please do as follows to select random name from a list in Excel.

1. Select a blank cell besides the list, copy and paste formula =INDEX($A:$A,RANDBETWEEN(1,COUNTA($A:$A)),1) into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key. You can see a random name is displayed in the selected cell.


1. Select this cell and press F9 key, you will get different names randomly.

2. You can also select the cell and drag the fill handle down to list the random names you need.

3. The random name will be changed automatically every time you refresh the worksheet.

Select random name from a list with Kutools for Excel

With the Sort Range Randomly utility of Kutools for Excel, you can quickly select random names from list in Excel.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Highlight the list of names you want to select randomly. And click Kutools > Select > Select Range Randomly. See screenshot:

2. In the Sort/Select Range Randomly dialog box and under the Select tab, please configure as follows.

  • Specify number of cells you want to select in the No. of cells to select box;
  • Choose Select random cells option in the Select Type section;
  • Click the OK or Apply button. See screenshot:

Now the specified number of cells in the name list are selected randomly.

Note: If you want to list the randomly selected names together, please copy and paste them to other cells.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

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    MonteCarlo313 · 3 months ago
    As far as I can tell, this formula allows duplicates if you drag the formula down in column B.