Excel allows us to get a random word from a range using the **CHOOSE** and **RANDBETWEEN** functions. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users to learn how to randomly generate words in Excel.

* xFigure 1. The final result of the formula*

**Syntax of the RANDBETWEEN Formula**

The generic formula for the RANDBETWEEN function is:

**=RANDBETWEEN(bottom, top)**

The parameters of the RANDBETWEEN function are:

**bottom**– a value from which we want to get a random value**top**– a value to which we want to get a random value.

**Syntax of the CHOOSE Formula**

The generic formula for the CHOOSE function is:

**=CHOOSE(index_num, value1, [value2], [value3],...)**

The parameters of the CHOOSE function are:

**index_num**– an index of the value which we want to retrieve**value1, [value2], [value3],… –**a list of values from which one value is returned**.**

**Get a Random Word Using the Formula**

In the cell B3, we want to get a random name from the name list: “Mike”, “John”, “Lilly”, “Robert” and “Jennifer”.

The formula looks like:

**=CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1, 5), "Mike","John","Lilly","Robert","Jennifer")**

The parameter **bottom **of the RANDBETWEEN function is 1 and the **top** is 5. The result of this function is a random number between 1 and 5 which is the **index_num **parameter of the CHOOSE function. The **values** of the function are “Mike”, “John”, “Lilly”,” Robert”, “Jennifer”.

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

- Select cell B3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1, 5), "Mike","John","Lilly","Robert","Jennifer")`

- Press enter.

*19483Figure 2. Using the formula to get a random word from the range*

If we evaluate the function, we can see that the RANDBETWEEN function returns number 4. Therefore, the CHOOSE function returns the 4th value from the values. Finally, the result in the B3 cell is “Robert”.

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