In this article, you will learn **5 **different ways to generate a random string from a list in Excel with ease.

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## How to Generate Random String from a List in Excel: 5 Ways

### 1. Use INDEX & RANDBETWEEN Functions to Generate a Random String from a List

I will show you how to use a formula using the **INDEX **and **RANDBETWEEN **functions to generate a random string from a **list**.

❶ First, insert the following formula in cell **D5**.

`=INDEX($B$5:$B$12,RANDBETWEEN(5,ROWS($B$5:$B$12)))`

❷ Then press the **ENTER **button.

❸ After that drag the **Fill Handle **icon from cell **D5 **to **D7**.

So, you will get some random strings generated out of a **list**.

**Formula Breakdown**

**➤ ROWS($B$5:$B$12)**

Here, **the ROWS function **counts the row numbers from **$B$5 **to **$B$12.**

**➤ RANDBETWEEN(5,ROWS($B$5:$B$12))**

**The RANDBETWEEN function** creates some random number between **5 **and the value returned from **ROWS($B$5:$B$12).**

**➤ INDEX($B$5:$B$12,RANDBETWEEN(5,ROWS($B$5:$B$12)))**

**The INDEX function** generates some random strings from the range **$B$5:$B$12.**

### 2. Extract a Random String from a List in Excel Using INDEX & RANK.EQ Functions

Here, I will show you how to write a formula with the **INDEX **and **RANK.EQ** functions to extract a random string from a **list **in Excel.

❶ First of all, insert the following formula in cell **E5**.

`=INDEX($B$5:$B$12,RANK.EQ(C5,$C$5:$C$12),1)`

❷ Then hit the **ENTER **button.

❸ Drag the **Fill Handle **icon from cell **E5 **to **E7**.

Now you will see** 3 random strings **extracted from the **List **column.

**Formula Breakdown**

**➤ RANK.EQ(C5,$C$5:$C$12)**

The **RANK.EQ **function generates a ranking of numbers from the range **$C$5:$C$12.**

**➤ INDEX($B$5:$B$12,RANK.EQ(C5,$C$5:$C$12),1)**

The** INDEX **function generates some random strings from the range **$B$5:$B$12.**

### 3. Combine CHOOSE & RANDBETWEEN Functions to Produce Random Strings from a List

In this section, I will use the **CHOOSE **& **RANDBETWEEN **functions to produce some random strings from a list.

❶ At first, insert the following formula in cell **D5**.

`=CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,6),$B$5,$B$6,$B$7,$B$8,$B$9,$B$10)`

❷ Then hit the **ENTER **button.

❸ Now drag the **Fill Handle** icon from cell **D5 **to **D7**.

After that, you will see three random strings have been pulled out of the **Product List **column.

**Formula Breakdown**

**➤ RANDBETWEEN(1,6)**

Here, the **RANDBETWEEN **function generates a random number between **1 to 6.**

**➤ CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,6),$B$5,$B$6,$B$7,$B$8,$B$9,$B$10)**

The **CHOOSE **function chooses a cell in the range **B5 **to **B10 **based on the value returned by **RANDBETWEEN(1,6).**

### 4. Generate Random Strings from a List with TEXTJOIN, INDEX, & RANDARRAY Functions in Excel

In this method, I will make a formula with the **TEXTJOIN**, **INDEX**, and **RANDARRAY **functions to generate random strings from a list**.**

❶ First, insert the following formula in cell **D5**.

`=TEXTJOIN("",1,INDEX($B$5:$B$12,RANDARRAY(4,1,1,7,TRUE)))`

❷ Then press the **ENTER **button.

❸ Drag the **Fill Handle** icon from cell **D5 **to **D7**.

Finally, you will see some random strings generated from the **List **column.

**Formula Breakdown**

**➤ RANDARRAY(4,1,1,7,TRUE)**

Here, the **RANDARRAY **function generates **4 **random numbers between **1 to 7.**

**➤ INDEX($B$5:$B$12,RANDARRAY(4,1,1,7,TRUE))**

The** INDEX **function returns data from the range **$B$5:$B$12 **based on the number returned from **RANDARRAY(4,1,1,7,TRUE).**

**➤ TEXTJOIN(“”,1,INDEX($B$5:$B$12,RANDARRAY(4,1,1,7,TRUE)))**

The **TEXTJOIN **function merges the **4 **letters returned by **INDEX($B$5:$B$12,RANDARRAY(4,1,1,7,TRUE)).**

### 5. Use VLOOKUP & RANDBETWEEN Functions to Produce Random Strings from a List in Excel

Here, I will create a formula using the **VLOOKUP **& **RANDBETWEEN **functions to produce some random strings from a **list **in Excel.

To demonstrate, I have used an** Excel Table** here named **“Tbl”**.

❶ At first, insert the following formula in cell **E5**.

`=VLOOKUP(RANDBETWEEN(MIN(Tbl[No.]),MAX(Tbl[No.])),Tbl,2,0)`

❷ Then press the **ENTER **button.

❸ Drag the **Fill Handle **icon from cell **E5 **to **E7**.

After that, you will see the random strings generated from the **Product **column.

**Formula Breakdown**

**➤ RANDBETWEEN(MIN(Tbl[No.]),MAX(Tbl[No.]))**

Here, the **RANDBETWEEN** function returns a random number between the **minimum **and **maximum **value returned by **MIN(Tbl[No.])** and **MAX(Tbl[No.]) **respectively.

**➤ VLOOKUP(RANDBETWEEN(MIN(Tbl[No.]),MAX(Tbl[No.])),Tbl,2,0)**

The **VLOOKUP **function extracts a string based on the value returned by **RANDBETWEEN(MIN(Tbl[No.]),MAX(Tbl[No.]))**. The extraction is done from the **2nd **column of the table named **Tbl**.

## Practice Section

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## Conclusion

To sum up, we have discussed 5 ways to generate a random string from a list in Excel. You are recommended to download the practice workbook attached along with this article and practice all the methods with that. And don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comment section below. We will try to respond to all the relevant queries ASAP. And please visit our website Exceldemy to explore more.

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