This post will guide you how to generate a random character string in excel. How do I create a random passwords, text strings with a formula in excel. How do I generate random strings of characters with VBA code in excel. How to generate random alphanumeric values in excel.
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Generate Random Character Strings with Formula
To generate random character strings in excel, you should be generate random numbers, letters, and special characters. We have talked that how to generate a random number string with Excel RANDBETWEEN function in excel.
Generate random Number
To generate random number string, you can use a formula based on the RANDBETWEEN function. like this:
This function will generate a random number between 0 and 9.
Generate random Letter String
To generate random uppercase or lowercase letter string in excel, you can create a formula base on the CHAR function and the RANDBETWEEN function. like this:
The first formula will generate random uppercase letter between A and Z.
The second formula will generate random lowercase letter between a and z.
Generate Random Specific Character
To generate random specific character in excel, you can use the below formula:
This formula will generate random specific characters, such as: #$!/
Generate random 5-digit number
To generate a random 5-digit number,you can use the following formula:
Generate Random Three Letters String
We have know how to create a random uppercase letter and lowercase letter, if you want to create a random 3-letters string, you can use the following formula:
=CHAR(RANDBETWEEN(65,90))& CHAR(RANDBETWEEN(65,90)) & CHAR(RANDBETWEEN(65,90))
Generate Random Character String with VBA Code
You can also use an VBA Macro Code to generate a random character string in a selected cell in Excel. You just need to do the following steps:
#1 open your excel workbook and then click on “Visual Basic” command under DEVELOPER Tab, or just press “ALT+F11” shortcut.
#2 then the “Visual Basic Editor” window will appear.
#3 click “Insert” ->”Module” to create a new module
#4 paste the below VBA code into the code window. Then clicking “Save” button.
Sub createRandomString() Dim rString As String Dim iCount As Integer Randomize For iCount = 1 To 5 If Int((2 * Rnd) + 1) = 1 Then rString = rString & Chr(Int(26 * Rnd + 65)) Else rString = rString & Int(10 * Rnd) End If Next iCount ActiveSheet.Range("B2").Formula = rString End Sub
#5 back to the current worksheet, then run the above excel macro. Click Run button.
#6 Let’s see the result.
- Excel CHAR function
The Excel CHAR function returns the character specified by a number (ASCII Value).The CHAR function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Text Function. The syntax of the CHAR function is as below:=CHAR(number)….
- Excel RANDBETWEEN Function
The Excel RANDBETWEEN function returns a random integer number that is between the numbers you specify.The syntax of the RANDBETWEEN function is as below:= RANDBETWEEN (bottom,top)….
- Generate Random Passwords
To generate a Random and secure password in Excel, you can use a combination of the CHAR function, the RANDBETWEEN function and concatenation operator to build a new Excel formula….