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Quickly sort or select cells, rows and columns randomly in Excel

Supposing you want to sort or select cells in random order from a range in Excel, or you just want to sort or select each rows or columns in random order from a range, how could you quickly sort or select cells, each rows or columns randomly from a range? Kutools for Excel’s Sort Range Randomly utility can quickly deal with the following operations in Excel:

Sort or shuffle (rearrange) cells, rows or columns randomly in a range

Select cells, rows or columns randomly in a range


Click Kutools >> Range >> Sort Range Randomly. See screenshots:

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Sort or shuffle (rearrange) cells, rows or columns randomly in a range

If you want to quickly apply these operations in a range: sort or rearrange cells randomly, sort or rearrange cells based on each row randomly, sort or rearrange cells based on each column randomly, sort or rearrange rows randomly and sort or rearrange columns randomly, you can get it done as following steps:

1. Select the range that you want to apply the operation. And then applying this utility by clicking Kutools > Range > Sort Range Randomly. In the Sort Range Randomly dialog box, click Sort tab, and then select the operation from the Sort Type. See screenshot:

All cells in the range: It will randomly sort or rearrange all cell values in the range.

Cells in each row: It will randomly sort all cell values based on each row.

Cells in each column: It will randomly sort all cell values based on each column.

Entire rows: It will randomly sort entire row order.

Entire columns: It will randomly sort entire column order.

2. Then click Ok or Apply to apply the operation. You will get the following results.

If you choose All cells in the range, all of the cell values have been sorted randomly in the range. See screenshots:

If you choose Cells in each row, you will see the results:

If you choose Cells in each column, you will see the results:

If you choose Entire rows, you will get the following result:

If you choose Entire columns, you will get this:


Randomly select cells, rows or columns in a range of cells

With this utility, you can also select any cells, rows or columns randomly.

1. Select or highlight the range that you want to randomly select cells, rows or columns.

2. Go to the Sort Range Randomly dialog box, and enter the number of cells you want to randomly select from the range, and specify the Select Type. Note: It will randomly select cells in the range with Select random cells option. To randomly select rows in the range, please choose Select random rows option, and Select random columns option, it will randomly select columns in the range. See screenshot:

3. Then click Ok or Apply. If you check Select random cells, the number of cells that you have specified will be selected randomly from the selection.

With above steps, you can also select a certain number of random rows and columns.

Note: This function supports Undo (Ctrl + Z).

Demo: Sort or select random cells in a range

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    Trey · 3 years ago
    Kutools would work great for the random row selection that i need to do. However, Kutools will only sort 25% of the total rows i need sorted at one time. How can i select 3 times more rows and have Kutools randomly select them. thank you for reading this.
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      admin_jay · 3 years ago
      [quote name="Trey"]Kutools would work great for the random row selection that i need to do. However, Kutools will only sort 25% of the total rows i need sorted at one time. How can i select 3 times more rows and have Kutools randomly select them. thank you for reading this.[/quote]
      Hello, what do you mean "only sort 25% of the total rows"? Could you please try to create some sample data in a workbook and send it to me? Please contact me at jaychivo#extendoffice.com. Please replace # with @.

      Thanks in advance. :-)