Excel allows a user to get a random decimal number between 0 and 1 by using the **RAND** function. We will also see how to make the function to return a number in any range. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in getting a random number.

*Figure 1. The final result of the RAND Function*

**Syntax of the RAND Function**

The generic formula is:

**=RAND()**

The function has no parameters.

**Get a Random Decimal Number between 0 and 1**

We want to get a random decimal number between 0 and 1

The formula looks like:

**=RAND()**

To apply the RAND function, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell B3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=RAND()`

- Press enter

* Figure 2. Get a random decimal number between 0 and 1*

Every time we press enter in formula cell, we will get a new decimal number in B3.

**Get a Random Number between Two Numbers**

We can modify the RAND function to make it return a random number between any two numbers. In our example, we want to get a random number between 1 and 100.

The formula looks like:

**=RAND() * (100 - 1) + 1**

We could put any two numbers in the formula, the generic formula looks like:

**=RAND() * (max - min) + min**

To apply the formula, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell B3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=RAND() * (100 - 1) + 1`

- Press enter

*Figure 3. Get a random number between 1 and 100*

Every time we press enter in formula cell, we will get a new decimal number between 1 and 100 in B3.

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