RAND function

The Excel RAND function generates a random decimal number between 0 and 1. It is a useful tool for scenarios that require random data, such as simulations, games, and statistical analysis.




No Arguments

The RAND function does not require any arguments. You can use it as is, and it will return a random decimal number between 0 (inclusive) and 1 (exclusive).

How to Use

The RAND function is straightforward to use. You simply enter it into a cell where you want a random decimal number, and it will automatically generate one each time the worksheet is recalculated or when you press the “F9” key to recalculate manually.

Here are some examples of how to use the RAND function:

This formula will return a random decimal number between 0 and 1.

If you have a number in cell A1, this formula will multiply it by a random decimal number between 0 and 1, effectively giving you a random percentage of the original value.

This formula will generate a random integer between 0 and 9 by multiplying the random decimal number by 10 and rounding down with the INT function.

Remember that the RAND function recalculates whenever you make any changes to your worksheet, so the generated random numbers will change accordingly.

Using the RAND function can be valuable in various scenarios where you need randomness in your data, such as creating random samples for analysis or adding unpredictability to your spreadsheets.

Tomasz Decker is an Excel specialist, skilled in data analysis and financial modeling.