Someone (why the rash of people not giving their name?) wrote: I have a column of 50 numbers and want to randomly select 5 of them. Can this be done?
There are several approaches to this. Here is one way to accomplish this. Let's say that your 50 numbers are in cells A2:A51.
 Highlight cells B2:B51
 Enter the formula =RAND() and hit Ctrl+Enter. This will enter the formula in all 50 cells at once
 Copy B2:B51 with Ctrl+c
 PasteSpecial the formulas into values by using Edit  PasteSpecial  Values  OK
You have now assigned a random number to each row. You could sort by column B and take the top 5, the bottom 5, whichever you prefer. If for some reason you can not sort the data, you could use column C and enter a Rank function.
 In cell C2, enter this formula: =RANK(B2,$B$2:$B$51)<6
 Copy the formula from C2 to C2:C51
Anything with a value of TRUE is one of the 5 randomly selected numbers
By Bill Jelen on 12Nov2001
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