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Here is How to Create a Random Time Generator in Excel

Excel allows a user to get a random time using the TEXT and RAND functions. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in creating a random time generator.

Figure 1. The final result of the formula

Syntax of the RAND Function

The generic formula is:


The function has no parameters and returns a random number between 0 and 1.

Syntax of the TEXT formula

=TEXT(value, format_text)

The parameters of the TEXT function are:

  • value – a value which we want to format
  • format_text – formatting which we want to apply on the value.

Get a Random Time

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

The formula looks like:


The value parameter of the TEXT function is a random number as a result of the RAND function. The value parameter is “HH:MM:SS” which is the time format.

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

  • Select cell B3 and click on it
  • Insert the formula: =TEXT(RAND(), "HH:MM:SS")
  • Press enter

Figure 2. Get a random time

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

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