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Excel Guide

How to Randomize a List in Excel: Step-by-Step Guide

If you have a list of items in Excel that you want to shuffle into a random order, you can do so using the following step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Open Your Excel Spreadsheet

  • Open your Excel spreadsheet. If you don't have one, create a new spreadsheet by clicking on the "File" tab, selecting "New," and then choosing "Blank workbook."

Step 2: Enter Your List of Items

  • Enter the list of items you want to randomize into column A. Each item should be in a separate cell.

Step 3: Add a Random Number Column

  • Add a new column next to your list (e.g., column B) for random numbers. Use the =RAND() function in cell B1. This function generates a random number between 0 and 1.

Step 4: Copy the Random Number Column

  • Copy the formula in cell B1 down the entire column B. You can do this by dragging the small square in the bottom right corner of cell B1 down to the last cell in column B.

Step 5: Sort the Data

  • Select any cell in column A to highlight the entire column. Navigate to the "Data" tab in the top menu, find the "Sort & Filter" group, and click on the "Sort" button. Choose to sort by column B (the column with random numbers).

Step 6: Done!

  • Your list of items in column A is now randomized. If you want to randomize the list again, repeat Step 5 by sorting the data based on the random number column (column B).

By following these steps, you can easily randomize the order of items in your Excel list.