# Return Value Randomly From A Range Of Cells

May 16, 2013

I'll be collecting registrations on an Excel worksheet at a company event. Users will fill out a registration form, click a button, and the information is moved to a hidden sheet. That part works perfectly.

Periodically during the day, we'll give out door prizes, selecting winners from the list of registrants.

I need a macro that will look at the entries in column A in my hidden sheet and return one of them randomly.

I know there are random number generators, and I could make one of those work, but if I could just have it make a random selection from the populated cells in Col A, that would be slicker.

## Randomly Selecting A Cell From A Range

Oct 14, 2008

I need a cell to display the (text) content of 1 of 25 cells. example: I have text content in all cells ranging A1:A25. I want cell B1 to display the content of 1 of these at random. is there a function for this or do I need to use a macro?

## Randomly Generated Number Focusing On Range

Jul 30, 2012

What I need to accomplish here is to randomly (or at least seemingly enough) generate a number between A and B values for many cells.

I know i can accomplish this through =Rand()*(B-A)+A

However lets say that the lower limit is 96 and the upper is 100. How would i get my data spread to appear to center more around 98-99, with a few randomly placed a little farther out but still within 96-100? I'll say i have 500 instances of this generated number. So what i need is the appearance that most of the numbers lie within the inner range with some anomalies outside that but still within the greater range, having fewer and fewer instances as the value gets closer to the outer limits.

I'm also placing this value in cells using VBA (most likely "for each cell in range(xxx)...")

## Excel 2010 :: Adding Randomly Generated Value To Range?

Apr 7, 2014

Not sure if there is a way to do this. I'm using excel 2010. I used this function

=INDEX(Sheet5!A1:A149,RANDBETWEEN(1,ROWS(Sheet5!A1:A149)))

I have a list on names that is in the range on Sheet5!A1:A149 I'm using the function to randomly select one of those names.

What I want to do: I want to add the randomly generated name to a range that I can then refer to later to see if that name has already come up. So I know if that name has already been used.

## Randomly Select One Of Two Cells To Populate From List?

Oct 16, 2013

I am wanting to randomly select one of two cells and then populate that cell from a list I have on a different sheet.

## Randomly Select Cells Based A Couple Rules

Nov 6, 2007

I have a sheet that has 13 players listed in rows down column A. I have 6 columns each representing a quarter in a game. I was wondering what the best way would be to randomly select 5 players in each column and to distribute each cell selection as equally as possible over the 6 quarters.

So what I am doing is having excel designate equal amounts of playing time for each player each game.

Is this possible.

Can I base this off of previous games?

## If Value Is Included In A Range Between 2 Cells Return Value Related From Another Range

Jan 8, 2014

I would like to use a excel formula to resolve this problem.

Column C is the anwser I pretend.

In the same cell it will return the name of the correct range.

Ex: Between 200 and 300 there are numbers involved that are included in Range 1 and Range 2 (see second table)

Cell
A
B
C

1
From
To
Result: (How to return this value?)

2
200
300
Range1, Range2

3
301
400
N/A

4
401
500
N/A

Table to Check Value to Return:
Cell
A
B
C

1
120
280
Range 1

2
281
300
Range 2

3
600
650
Range 3

## Return Non-Blank Cells From A Range

Jul 4, 2010

Is there a non-array way to return only the non-blank cells from a range? At the moment I use below formula, but it slows down the file considerably ...

## Search Range Of Cells For Text And Return Value Below It - Sum If More

May 12, 2014

I want to search within cells A4:F25 for "B71 - Brown" and show the number that is in the cell below this text. If there is multiple cells with "B71 - Brown" I would like the cell to show the total.

So for example,If the formula was looking for "B71 - Brown" in the cell it would show 8136. (A13+A21+D25+E17). If i changed it to "Lavender" it would show 2380. (C5)

Also this data is linked from several other sheets and the values i search for will change and will need to update.

## Return Value If It Falls Within Values In Range Of Cells?

Jun 12, 2014

I am trying to learn more about functions like IF(), AND() MATCH() and LOOKUP()... but so far I cant seem to get it right. I am actually trying to get a simple working formula that can take a value from the first tab and cross reference it with a table in the second tab to return another value in the first tab.

For example....

On the first tab/sheet named "Details", i have a list of people, an area of work they fall in and then a column named region that categorizes their areas of work into groups

A
B
C

1
Name
Area of Work
Region

2
Mr A
J
?

3
Mr B
6
?

4
Mr D
Z
?

5
Mr E
18
?

Then on the next tab/sheet named "Category", I have a table which lists the areas that belong to a region;

A
B

1
Region
Area

2
1
A-J. 1-6

3
2
K-P, 7-15

4
3
Q-U,W,Z,16-20

I have tried formulas like IF(AND(B2=Category.B2),"1","ERROR") but it keeps returning me "ERROR" when it should return "1"

## Look Up A Value In A Range Of Cells And Then Return A Value In A Cell In The Same Row Containing The Desired Value

Apr 26, 2009

I want to look up a value in a range of cells and then return a value in a cell in the same row containing the desired value, similar to a vlookup. Except I want to search through several columns for this value and I would like to have it find every occurance of the desired value and return a value in a cell n the same row of each occurance of the desired value.

## Return Largest Number Within A Range Of Cells

Aug 26, 2009

I'm looking for a formula to enter within a particular cell which will return the largest number that appears within a range of cells, for example the range H:133 through L:136. If it's any easier, only one number will appear within the range, though it could appear in any cell within that range.

## Return Maximum Value In Range Stated In Cells

Nov 18, 2007

What is wrong with this formula

when D2 is 2, D1 is 6 and

## Lookup Cell And Return A Range Of Cells

Jun 9, 2008

I have data inputted into cells a-o in rows 1-250. I want to search, lets say row 1, (I do want to search all 250 rows if that info is relevant!) and if cell m is blank then I want to return all the info from row 1 into row 260. If there IS data in cell m then I want to return nothing. Bottom line I want to return all the data in all the rows that contains nothing in cell m.

## Search Range, Return Adjacent Cells Of Matches

Jun 21, 2007

I can solve my problem with a pivot table, and with VBA easily...however, I'm interested in knowing if this can be done with formulas (array formulas using index/match I'm assuming).

Goal: On sheet1 I have one column with products, then the column next to it will have an "Y" in it if the product is to be selected (blank if not). On sheet2 I want to create a list of the products that were selected (having the "Y"). The only thing stumping me is that I do not want spaces between the product list on sheet2...just a nice continuous list. Example:

Sheet1
cup Y
bowl Y
spoon
fork
knife Y

Sheet2

cup
bowl
knife

..not..

cup
bowl
knife

## Pivot Table Chaos: Blank Cells Return 0, Empty Cells Return Nothing

Jun 25, 2009

Hi, I desperately need help with a pivot-table and can't find anyone else who's ever had this problem...I have a very large healthcare data table which for simplicity I will describe as follows. In essence the first two columns respectively are (A) location and (B) month. Let's say the third column (C) is the number of cases of the disease kidpox treated in each health centre during that month. The fourth column (D) is the total number of cases of everything treated during that month in each clinic. The fifth column (E) is the proportion of cases of this disease over all consultations for each health centre and month, and the formula in E2 is .....

## Return Matches & Non-Matches From Delimited Cells Against List Range

Jan 29, 2010

In my spreadsheet, on the first worksheet called "Working". Column A, called "Results", contains carrot ^ delineated string values in each cell (i.e."john^apple^pear^banana^grape^love^heart^pickle"). The majority of string values in every cell in my "Results" column match a "source" column of Pick-List Values, called "Fruits" in the same spreadsheet, however found in a different worksheet called "Lists" (also in Column A). I want to perform 3 functions against my "Results" Column on worksheet "Working":

1.) Report In Column B: Analyze column "Results" by cell and return carrot delineated string values for only those that match my "Fruits" Pick-List

2.) Report In Column C: Analyze column "Results" by cell and return carrot delineated string values for only those do not match my "Fruits" Pick-List

3.) Report In Column D: Identify and return all unique values in "Column C" as a List.

Attached is a simple example of what I'm trying to accomplish called " Sorting.xls"

## How To Match A Cell Data With A Range Of Cells And Return Cell Reference In Another Cell

Dec 12, 2012

i want to match a cell data with a range of cells and if matches return the cell reference in another cell

## Excel 2010 :: Return Min Date In Range Where Adjacent Range Is Blank?

Feb 7, 2014

I am working in excel 2010. I have a tracking document that lists free tickets and their expiry dates. In the adjacent columns we track redemption details of these free tickets. What I want to do is return the oldest expiration date from A only if the ticket has not been used (i.e. B is empty). This will allow me to see the date the upcoming tickets about to expire so we can make sure they are used.

A________________B
Expiry Date________Redeemed by
15/08/2014
15/02/2014
15/08/2014________John
15/02/2010________Marc
15/02/2011________Bob

## Function To Sort A Range By The Values In A Specific Column And Return The Range

Mar 25, 2009

I was just recently forced to create my first UDF and after how well it worked I now am very interested in learning more. I am trying to create a function to sort a range by the values in a specific column and return the range. I know this should be really simple but for some reason my code dies whenever it gets to my inner-most loop. I need to use this in a larger function but for now this is my only question. I did find that Excel 2007 has built in Functions for this but my company still uses 2003.

My
Public Function SortRange(rngToSort As Range, valCol As Integer)
Dim Swapper As Variant
Dim i As Integer, _
j As Integer, _
k As Integer

For i = 1 To rngToSort.Rows.Count
For j = 1 To rngToSort.Rows.Count - i
If rngToSort(j + 1, valCol) < rngToSort(j, valCol) Then
For k = 1 To rngToSort.Columns.Count
Swapper = rngToSort(j, k)
rngToSort(j, k) = rngToSort(j + 1, k)
rngToSort(j + 1, k) = Swapper
Next k
End If
Next j
Next i
SortRange = rngToSort
End Function

## Randomly Add Name To 5 Out Of 6 Boxes?

Feb 23, 2012

I have made a calendar in excel, and need to make the following work.

I have six boxes (each for one day of the week, excl. Sunday) and a separate box containing names. I need to come up with a way that excel will automatically add those names to any five of the six boxes at random (always leaving exactly one box free for each name), and always choose which box at random.

## Flexible Range Formula: Return The Minimum Value From A Column Range

Feb 9, 2010

I need a formula that will return the minimum value from a column range that flexs without having to manually go in an change row references. There is a blank row between each section of data in order to separate info. As an example:....

Need to formula to flex to include rows 5 thru 7 in the first section but expand to include rows 9 thru 13 in the second section. =MIN(A5.A7) works but how do I get next section to flex to =MIN(A9.A13) without manually changing the cell references? There is always a blank row in between the sections to separate.

## How To Pick 50 Numbers Randomly

Dec 10, 2013

In sheet1 columnA I have some data from that i want to copy randomly 50 rows to sheet2.

## Randomly Match 2 Columns With Each Other

Sep 18, 2008

Basically I have 2 columns:
column 1 is numbers 1,2,3
column 2 is letters a,b,c etc

I'd like a macro that randomly matches column 1 and 2

e.g
1 c
2 p
3 n

but i'd like it so that the number 5 always returns z

## Select Fields At Randomly

Apr 11, 2008

I have a workbook with sheet 1 called Support which is basically an input form. The second sheet is called Database.

I want to enter data into the form and via a macro copy the data to the database. I have followed a text book to the letter on how this is to be completed to the letter.

My problem is that when the data is written to the database some of the fields are blank. Using F8 I can step through the VB script which appears to select fields at random.

## Randomly Choosing Between 4 Numbers

Feb 9, 2007

Is there a function in Excel that would randomly select one of the 4 specified numbers?

## Randomly Sort Set Of Numbers

May 8, 2012

I have a 1x20 array with the numbers 1 thru 20 inside. I want a piece of vba code to randomly sort them. I will do this in a loop to create different "starting arrays" for an optimization code. I just need to be able to randomize the beginning. How is this done? I cant have duplicates.

## Randomly Pair Up Players

Nov 19, 2012

I am trying to make code to randomly pair up players. I have found code which makes a button that randomly pairs up players in a list but I want to make it so that ? players are paired with ? other players instead of everyone at the same time so that a person dosn't get paired with more then one player at a time.

E.g. take the first 6 players in a last and pair them with the second 6.

This is the code I found:

Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
Dim x As Range, RanRng As Range, z As Range, oRes, Ray
Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, real, oSt As Integer, cl As Range
Dim oCol As Integer
Set RanRng = Range(Range("A1"), Range("A" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp))

[Code] ........

## Randomly Generated Numbes

Aug 30, 2007

I wish to create a new sheet/workbook which promts the user to enter a start number and an end number. I want to then display 20% of randomly picked numbers between the start and end figures.

For example, the user enters 1 as a start and 20 as an end figure. 20% of this is 4, hence I want the system to randomly return 4 numbers between 1 and 20.

## Select Names Randomly

Apr 17, 2009

I'm trying to pull 20 random names from a list of them every time I open the spreadsheet, and have them copied onto the clipboard to be pasted wherever. I have some code I found to accomplish this, but I'm not exactly what you would call VBA savvy. Could anyone look at this and see what I'm doing wrong? Or if it is right what I'm doing wrong to get it to work?

Sub GetRandom()
Dim iRows As Integer
Dim iCols As Integer
Dim iBegRow As Integer
Dim iBegCol As Integer
Dim J As Integer
Dim sCells As String

Set TempDO = New DataObject