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How to select random cells from a list in Google sheets?

This article, I will introduce some ways to select random cells from a list in Google sheets and Excel worksheet.

Select random cells from a list in Google sheets with formula

Select random cells from a list in Excel worksheet with Kutools for Excel


Select random cells from a range of cells in worksheet:

Kutools for Excel provides a powerful feature - Sort Range Randomly which can help you to quickly select any cells randomly as you need.

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Select random cells from a list in Google sheets with formula

Applying the below formula to extract some cells randomly in Google sheets, please do as this:

1. Enter this formula: =ArrayFormula(VLOOKUP(QUERY(UNIQUE(RANDBETWEEN(ROW(INDIRECT("A1:A"&COUNTA(A:A)*10))^0,COUNTA(A:A))),"limit 4"),{ROW(INDIRECT("A1:A"&COUNTA(A:A))),FILTER(A:A,A:A<>"")},2,0)) into a blank cell where you want to get the result, and then press Enter key to get one any name.

Note: In the above code, A:A is the name column that you want to extract names from, limit 4 means 4 names will be extracted randomly, you can change them as you need.

2. Then drag the fill handle down to cells to extract any four names, see screenshot:

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Note: You can press Ctrl + R to pick up new names randomly each time.


Select random cells from a list in Excel worksheet with Kutools for Excel

If you need to select cells randomly in Excel worksheet, Kutools for Excel’s Sort Range Randomly feature can help you to deal with this job with ease.

Kutools for Excel : with more than 300 handy Excel add-ins, free to try with no limitation in 60 days. 

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the data list that you want to select random cells from, and then click Kutools > Range > Sort Range Randomly, see screenshot:

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2. In the Sort Range Randomly dialog box, under Select tab, enter the number that you want to select the cells in the No. of cells to select text box, and then choose Select random cells in the Select Type list box, see screenshot:

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3. Then click Ok button, and the specific number of cells have been selected randomly at once, see screenshot:

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