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How to generate random value from a given list in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-05-27

To generate random number is easily done by the function =RANDBETWEEN(range), but have you ever tried to generate random value from a given list as below screenshot shown?
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Generate random value from a given list by formula


arrow blue right bubble Generate random value from a given list by formula

Actually, there are some easy formulas that can help you to quickly generate random value from a given list.

Select a blank cell that will place the random value, type this formula =INDEX($A$2:$A$16, RANDBETWEEN(2, 16)), then press Enter key. See screenshot:
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In the formula, A2:A16 is the given list you want to use, 2 and 16 are the starting row number and ending row number of the list.

If you want to generate several random values from the list, you can drag the formula down as you need. See screenshot:
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You can press F9 key to refresh the values.
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Note: If you want to generate random number based on a list, you can use this formula =INDEX($I$2:$I$7, RANDBETWEEN(1, 6)), and press Enter key.
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Hi there, thanks for solution. I think it works better if INDEX($ A $ 2: $ A $ 16, RANDBETWEEN (1; 15)) - otherwise RANDBETWEEN = 16 is error case and Ben never happens.
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Thanks to everyone here for making this a great community.
My riddle (lol) for today is as follows.

Is there a code that can automatically help separate the following sequence into its respective columns as follows?
I would really appreciate the help. Thanks

Time
Home Team
Away Team
Competition
Odds ( Which should further be inserted into their columns namely - Home Odds, Draw Odds, Away odds.)

I reckon there'll be about over a hundred sequences.

13:30
France
Brazil
2nd Division, Cyprus
1.374.206.80
(They arent separated but there are always 2 digits after each decimal point and so it reads as follows 1.37, 4.20, 6.80.)

13:40
Al Urooba UAE
Al-Dhaid
Division 1, United Arab Emirates
1.883.353.50

13:45
Kings Lynn
Stevenage
FA Cup, England
3.553.551.98
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