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:

**=RAND()**

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:

**=TEXT(RAND(), "HH:MM:SS")**

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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