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I have a basic formula:

=(RANDBETWEEN(1,20))

which gives me a value, what I want to do is take that value (for the sake of argument '12') and use it to get another cell via another formula, i.e.

=(RANDBETWEEN(1, B<result>))

where B is the column, <result> is the result of the first formula.

Can this be done? (I'm using Excel 2013)

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Try using INDEX, so if you have the =RANDBETWEEN(1,20) formula in cell D1 you can use this formula in another cell

=RANDBETWEEN(1,INDEX(B:B,D1))

If the first formula returns 12 then the INDEX part will return the value from B12

If you don't want the first formula in a cell you can use it directly in the second formula like this:

=RANDBETWEEN(1,INDEX(B:B,RANDBETWEEN(1,20)))

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Perfect, I wanted to avoid macros if possible and this does just what I wanted... – Chris Skardon Jan 6 '13 at 18:36

You can make an Excel macro to solve this issue.

  • Click on the "View" tab in the Ribbon.
  • Click on "Macros."
  • Type RandomCell, then click "Create."

When the VBA window opens, paste this code directly under Sub RandomCell:

Dim Low As Double
Dim High As Double
Dim R As Double
Low = 1
High = 20
R = Int((High - Low + 1) * Rnd() + Low)
ActiveCell.Offset(R, 1).Select

If you are in cell A1, this will select cell B[random number]. Save the workbook and close the VBA window. Run the macro by doing the following:

  • Click on the "View" tab in the Ribbon.
  • Click on "Macros."
  • Select "RandomCell" and click "Run."
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