# Randomly Pick 1 Set Of Initials From List

Apr 22, 2012

cell a1 is blank
cell a2= "sb"
cell a3= "db"
cell a4 is blank
cell a5= "rm"
cell a6= "kw"

I want to randomly pick 1 set of initials from the 4 listed in the 6 cells and put the result in cell a7.

## Command Button To Randomly Pick From List Of Names

Aug 17, 2014

I am trying to create a quiz for myself for studying a foreign language. and I am trying to create a command button, so that when clicked, it will randomly pick from a list of names (located in another sheet) and place the name in a desired cell.

## 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 Pairing Wrestlers In A List?

Nov 23, 2013

I want to be able to input wrestlers names and pair them up for 2 matches randomly. Is there any way to do this? I am not advanced in excel, but not a novice either. I need to make sure they don't wrestle the same people in each round. Also there will be wrestlers from the same team, so is there any way to try and not pair them together unless it is necessary?

## Sorting A List Randomly, And Fairly.

Jul 17, 2007

I have a list of potential competitors in an event, and am using both RAND and ROUND to sort them into a list of 1's and zeros. My formula is as follows: =ROUND(RAND()*1,0). My problem is that I get an uneven distribution of players, out of a list of forty, I may have 38 people that are 1's and 2 people that are 2's. I'd really like the list to be randomized, but evenly to allow for fair competition.

## Randomly Sorting List Of Numbers Into Different Permutations

Mar 1, 2014

with this problem (which I've been trying for weeks to solve).

I have a column ("C") of 640 numbers, which I need to randomly sort and place into the adjoining (ten thousand) columns. I then need to correlate each of these 10k columns with column "B".

The problem I have with the attached (which works for small numbers), is that when I increase the table size to 640 rows and anything more than a dozen or so columns, it takes forever to calculate and Excel often crashes.

random ver 1.04 280214.xlsx

## 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 Display Text From List Without Repeats?

Dec 11, 2013

I am trying to create a schedule that will randomly populate with names from a list. I have learned how to do this with numbers. How can I do this with a list of names? How can I make sure that no names repeat?

In one column, I used =RAND()

In the cells where my numbers display, I used =INDEX(ROW(\$A\$1:\$A\$24),RANK(Z17,\$Z\$1:\$Z\$24))

## Children Name Randomly Selecting From Predefined List

Jun 25, 2012

My wife is a teacher and she has asked me if there was a way of randomly selecting a child's name from a pre-defind list and for that child not to be selected again during that session.

Some criteria:

Up to 35 children in the class (selected from a pre-defind list)A child can only by picked on once during the lessonA method needs to be in place for seelcting the child's name (either a button that can be pressed, or another option).

## Randomly Select Varied Amounts Of Data From A List

Sep 10, 2008

I have a list of people in column A and a list of Cities that they have visited in column B.

I need to check some of the cities they have visited monthly but don't want to check them all.

I have attached a sheet as an example (this has been scaled down).

The number of cities i want to check for each person varies each month depending on how many cities they have visited.

For example, John has visited 16 cities and i want to check 5 of them. I therefore want 5 random cities that he has visited to appear next to his name at the top. The real list of data is massive so this would be really useful if it is possible.

I have looked at rand but i can't get it to randomly give me more than one city, and i don't understand how to get it to give me say 5 cities one month and say 8 cities the next month purely based on a formula from another cell.

## Pick From List

Jul 17, 2007

I am managing a group of sales reps and when they sell a product they receive commissions I am trying to develop something in excel that in cell B5 there will be a drop down that they can choose one of three products (call them A,B,C) then in C5 another drop down will be there w/ two options (new, refurb), then the result will be in D5 depending on the selections. The parameters would be:

Product A new = \$10
B new = \$20
C new = \$30
A refurb = \$5
b refurb = \$15
C refurb = \$25

So if the rep dropped down in cell B5 Product B then dropped down in cell C5 Refurb, the result would appear in D5 and would equal \$15.

## Multi Selection Pick List

Aug 19, 2009

My organization whats to provide other a excell spreadsheet ( see sample attached) with pick list for certain cells. We have successfull completed adding the pick list. HOWEVER, at times we would like the end user to be able to pick multiple choices form the the pick list

In the example - in column c the user can pick from the drop down list
A
B
V
or
W

However we want the end user to be able to select any combination, single choice, multiple choice ect

In this example with the above pick list created

How can the end use pick A and W or A, V and W etc

## How To Pick Lowest 15 Values In A List

Mar 4, 2012

Have column A which is list of names and column E which shows how much each name owes. I want to compile a list of names and amounts owed for the 15 biggest debts (ie. 15 lowest numbers as they are negative values).

## Dropdown Menu To Pick Records Out Of List?

Dec 16, 2013

Is it possible on Excel to make a drop down menu which picks records out of a list?

I've a big spreadsheet. Thousands of records. About 100 responsible are listed responsible for them. I've highlighted stuff for them to fix, I'll be emailing it out to them, and they'll need to isolate the dozens of records they are each responsible for.

They are, erm, technologically challenged. I want to keep it simple, put one menu on the screen and say

'Pick your name from the list.'

George W picks himself, and then it lists his records but not anybody else's.

Can Excel do that? (Rather, probably, but where do I start?)

## List Box Of Ranges, Pick One To Activate That Cell

Mar 30, 2007

How can I add multiple cells (ranges) to a listbox, and when the user clicks one, it will activate that cell in excell. I thought about have the list box for the text, and a corresponding array that holds the actual range or address, but I cant get it working.

Long version:
I have a search feature that, when you type a name, it searches through a column and finds the name. Now if there are multiple matches to your string, I want it to add the full name to a listbox, and have the user pick one from the list to activate.

So basically, if I search for the name "john" but theres multiple people with that name ("john doe", "john smith", & "john mazz"), it would add the three to a list box, I would pick one from the list, and it would activate that cell.

I have everything done except that last part. I have it adding multiple matches to the list box, but I cant figure out an easy way to activate the correct cell when double clicking the item in the list. I could have it search again for the selected full name, but there is likely to be a case where one person is entered twice.

## Pick From List Or Combo Box And Return Definition In Cell To The Right..

Jan 18, 2009

In my attachment, I have a worksheet where I need to pick a rating from a combo box or list (Expert, Leading, Applying, Learning, Under Performing). I will be picking this rating 10 different times on this worksheet and the selections will not be the same in all cases so the definition I need won't always be the same.

I would like to return the definition (definitions are detailed on another worksheet, Data Elements) to the cell to the right.

I've tried IF statements but when I make one selection from the combo box, all the combo boxes select the same thing. I've also tried vlookup but can't figure it out and can't find an explanation in layman's terms.

## First Name-Last Name To Last Name-First Name Some With Middle Initials

Mar 8, 2008

An application I use at work exports names in a first name-last name format. At this point I have a list of about 315 names in this format. Is there a way I can convert these names to a last name-first name format? I need to export these data on a daily basis, so I'll need to perform this conversion every day. I did a search for this, but didn't find anything.

## Randomly Select Four Names From List Of Names

Jan 22, 2014

I need to create a function that selects 4 names randomly from a list of 15 names and displays the 4 randomly selected names in the one cell. Also, you cannot repeat the same name in that cell, (i.e. bob cannot be selected twice in his group of four)

May 5, 2012

I am trying to get periods added to initials.

Colum A
(Can be up to 4 caracters)
FJM
ML
B
GHTJ

What I need in colum B

F.J.M.
M.L.
B.
G.H.T.J.

What formula can I use in the B cells to get this result?

## Counting Initials And Dates

Nov 28, 2009

I'm new to the forums, though I've solved a couple of my problems by lurking here.
I'm currently having a problem with a worksheet I've been working on at work. I'm not very experienced in Exel and have inherited a worksheet that keeps track of the machines we do maintenance on during the year. What I have now is a spreadsheet with columns alternating between initials and date, and rows with the machine names all the way down. It looks similar to this :

Name of machine Initials date initials date initials date initials date etc.
machine 1
machine 2
machine 3
machine 4
...
machine 121

I'd like to keep this format, but we need to keep track of who does what within a certain week, which means I need to count the number of instances of an initial, then compare it with the date in the column next to it, which I don't think would be a problem with just two columns, but I'm having problems wrapping my brain around how to do so with 20-30 columns.
I'm using date ranges in some of my calculation formulas, which I think necessitates the date being in a separate column than the text.

## Concatenate Initials And Surnames

Apr 20, 2007

I have 2 columns of Surnames and Initials and I am trying to concatenate an initial (if required) with a surname or return a “blank” if the cell(s) is empty, in other words in cell AC20 I have a surname Smith and in AG20 an initial A which I only enter into the cell if there are identical surnames but when the cells are blank I wish to return a blank not a zero.

I have tried =IF( COUNTBLANK(AC20:AG20)=2,"",AG20&""&AC20) and =IF(AG20="",AC20,IF(AC20>"",AG20&" "&AC20)) but the first one won’t return the initial and the last one works but both return a zero when blank.

## Formula To Create Name Initials Where Last Name Listed First

Aug 3, 2014

I am looking to create a formula to get the initials of a name, where the the last name is listed first, followed by a comma.
Now, the names could be full names or initials.

So, it could be something like: Smith, John R - result would be JRSSmith, John Robert - result would be JRSSmith, John Robert Michael - result would be JRMS There were similar formulas that I found here, but these only got the last letter of the last name - in this case the following formulas would have resulted (with the above examples) in: JTS or the last example with Michael, JLS.

=UPPER(MID(A1,FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",2)))+1,1)&RIGHT(A1)&LEFT(A1))
=UPPER(MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,1)&RIGHT(A1)&LEFT(A1))

Note: While I am using Excel 2010, there could be users that are still using 2003.

## Deleting Middle Initials In A Spreadsheet

Sep 8, 2009

I just bought a database and I would say at least 20% of the names in the database have an initial after the first name. I need to have a clean first and last name list. Is there a formula that can delete the initials? I am working on a variable data print project that uses their first name in the message so I cannot have their middle initial.

So like in one example her first name is listed as Susan F. I want it to just be Susan. Another example is T. Jones as a last name, I want it to be just Jones.

## Input Initials And Hit Enter To Display Full Name

Oct 4, 2009

Can anyone tell me if its possible to input some ones initials into a cell and when you hit enter, their full name is displayed instead of the initials:

ie input FB and the same cell displays Fred Bloggs?

## Pin / Password For Digital Signatures / Initials In Excel

May 29, 2014

I have QC checklist with a cell at the bottom for the user's initials. We have 8 users, and I would like to create a way that each user can enter their pin and have their initials come up in the cell. Ideally, there would be no way to the other users to know each other's pins or find out in the spreadsheet. Do you think it is do-able using VBA and how they would approach this?

## Macro -open The Look In List” And Stop So I Can Pick A File To Open

Oct 18, 2008

I want to create a macro that will “open the look in list” and stop so I can pick a file to open. I’ve tried to use “record a macro” and “ctrl-o”, but the record a macro won’t stop until I pick a file or cancel the file list. I also tried to use “o” in the short cut key box

## Using "if" And "validation" Together - Pick From One List, Second List Shows Up

Aug 27, 2009

I would like to have a validation table that, when used, provides a second validation table based on the selection made in the first one. My company provides a wide array of services that I would like to divide into categories - the first drop-down would list these categories ("Cleaning", "Repair", etc.), and then have the next column's drop-down only show those services under the "Cleaning", "Repair", etc. categories.

I know how to make validation tables (I have already created the different tables, with each service under its proper category), but I don't know to get Excel to make one list "pop up" after making a selection from another one.

## 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.

## 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.