# How to Randomize a List in Excel: Tips and Tricks!

As a marketer, I spend a significant portion of my day working with Excel spreadsheets. Whether I'm analyzing data, organizing leads, or creating lists, Excel is my go-to tool for all things data-related.

One of the most common tasks I perform in Excel is randomizing lists. Randomizing a list can be useful for a variety of reasons. For example, it can help prevent bias when assigning tasks or selecting winners for a contest. Randomizing a list can also be helpful for testing purposes, such as when A/B testing different versions of an email or landing page.

In this article, I'll show you some tips and tricks for how to randomize a list in Excel. From shuffling cells to using built-in functions, there are several ways to randomize a list in Excel. So, grab a cup of coffee and let's dive in!

## Using the RAND Function

The RAND function is one of the built-in functions in Excel that generates a random number between 0 and 1. You can use the RAND function to randomize a list by assigning a random number to each cell in the list and then sorting the list based on those random numbers. Here's how:

1. Insert a new column next to the list you want to randomize.
2. In the first cell of the new column, enter the formula =RAND().
3. Drag the formula down to fill the column with random numbers.
4. Select the entire list (including the column with the random numbers).
5. Click on the "Sort & Filter" button in the "Editing" section of the Home tab.
6. Select "Sort Smallest to Largest" to sort the list based on the random numbers.

And voila! You now have a randomized list.

## Using the RANDBETWEEN Function

The RANDBETWEEN function is another built-in function in Excel that generates a random number between a specified range. You can use the RANDBETWEEN function to assign a range of random numbers to each cell in the list and then sort the list based on those numbers. Here's how:

1. Insert a new column next to the list you want to randomize.
2. In the first cell of the new column, enter the formula =RANDBETWEEN(1,1000). The numbers 1 and 1000 can be replaced with any range of numbers you choose.
3. Drag the formula down to fill the column with random numbers.
4. Select the entire list (including the column with the random numbers).
5. Click on the "Sort & Filter" button in the "Editing" section of the Home tab.
6. Select "Sort Smallest to Largest" to sort the list based on the random numbers.

And just like that, you have another randomized list!

## Using VBScript to Shuffle Cells

If you're feeling adventurous, you can also use VBScript to shuffle cells in Excel. VBScript is a programming language that is built into Excel and can be used to automate tasks, including shuffling cells. Here's how:

1. Open the worksheet containing the list you want to shuffle.
2. Press Alt + F11 to open the "Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications" window.
3. Click on "Insert" in the top menu and select "Module" from the dropdown list.
4. Paste the following code into the window:
5. ``````Sub ShuffleCells()
Dim cell As Range
Dim list() As String
Dim i As Integer
Dim j As Integer
Dim temp As String
i = 0
For Each cell In Selection
ReDim Preserve list(i)
list(i) = cell.Value
i = i + 1
Next cell
For i = UBound(list) To 1 Step -1
j = Application.WorksheetFunction.RandBetween(0, i)
temp = list(j)
list(j) = list(i)
list(i) = temp
Next i
i = 0
For Each cell In Selection
cell.Value = list(i)
i = i + 1
Next cell
End Sub
``````
6. Close the "Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications" window.
7. Select the list you want to shuffle.
8. Click on the "Macros" button in the "Code" section of the Developer tab (if you don't have the Developer tab, you can enable it by going to File > Options > Customize Ribbon and checking the "Developer" box).
9. Select the "ShuffleCells" macro from the list and click "Run."

Now, sit back and watch as the cells in your list are shuffled into a new order.

## In Conclusion

Randomizing a list in Excel is a useful tool for a variety of tasks, from preventing bias to testing different variations. And with these tips and tricks, you now have several ways to randomize a list in Excel. Whether you prefer using built-in functions or experimenting with VBScript, there's a method for every Excel user. So, go forth and randomize!