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RANDBETWEEN function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is RANDBETWEEN function in Excel? RANDBETWEEN function is one of the Math and Trig functions in Microsoft Excel that returns a random integer number between the numbers you specify. A new random integer number is returned every time the worksheet is calculated. Syntax of RANDBETWEEN function RANDBETWEEN(bottom, top) The RANDBETWEEN function syntax has the following arguments: Bottom    Required. The smallest integer…

How to fill cell ranges with random number from fixed set of options in Excel

To quickly fill a range of cells with random numbers from a set of fixed options (i.e. 25,50,75,100), you can use a formula based on the CHOOSE and RANDBETWEEN functions. Formula =CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,4),num1,num2,num3,num4) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in B4 is: =CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,4),25,50,75,100) Which returns a random number from the numbers provided. How this formula works The CHOOSE function does…

How to generate random number between two numbers in Excel

To generate random integers between two numbers, you can use the RANDBETWEEN function. Formula =RANDBETWEEN(lower,upper) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in B5 is: =RANDBETWEEN(1,100) This formula is then copied down from B5 to B11. The result is random numbers between 1-100. Note that the RANDBETWEEN function will generate new numbers whenever a change is triggered on the worksheet.…

How to fill cell ranges with random text values in Excel

To quickly fill a range of cells with random text values, you can use a formula based on the CHOOSE and RANDBETWEEN functions. Formula =CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,3),”Value1″,”Value2″,”Value3″) Note that RANDBETWEEN will calculate a new value whenever the worksheet is changed. Once you have values in the range, you may want to replace the formulas with values to prevent further changes. Explanation In…

How to randomly assign data to groups in Excel

To randomly people (or anything) to groups you can use the RANDBETWEEN function with the CHOOSE function. Formula =CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,3),”Group A”,”Group B”,”Group B”) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in F3 is: =CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,3),”A”,”B”,”C”) When copied down the column, this formula will generate a random group (A, B, or C) for each person in the list. How this formula works The…

How to get random value from list or table in Excel

To get a random value from a table or list in Excel, you can use the INDEX function with help from the RANDBETWEEN and ROWS functions. Formula =INDEX(data,RANDBETWEEN(1,ROWS(data)),1) Note: this formula uses the named range “data” (B5:E104) for readability and convenience. If you don’t want to use a named range, substitute $B$5:$E$104 instead. Explanation In the example shown, the formula…

How to generate random date between two dates in Excel

To generate random dates between two dates, you can use the RANDBETWEEN function, together with the DATE function. See example below: Formula =RANDBETWEEN(date1,date2) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in B5 is: =RANDBETWEEN(DATE(2016,1,1),DATE(2016,12,31)) This formula is then copied down from B5 to B11. The result is random dates between Jan 1, 2016 and Dec 31, 2016 (random dates in…

How to create Roll the Dice in Excel

This example teaches you how to simulate the roll of two dice in Excel. Note: the instructions below do not teach you how to format the worksheet. We assume that you know how to change font sizes, font styles, insert rows and columns, add borders, change background colors, etc. 1. At the moment, each cell contains the letter l (as in…

RAND vs RANDBETWEEN function examples in Excel

Excel has two useful functions when it comes to generating random numbers. The RAND and RANDBETWEEN function. Rand The RAND function generates a random decimal number between 0 and 1. 1. Select cell A1. 2. Type RAND() and press Enter. The RAND function has no arguments. 3. To generate a list of random numbers, select cell A1, click on the lower right corner of…