OpenOffice Help wrote:RAND()
This function produces a new random number each time Calc recalculates. ... To generate random numbers which never recalculate, copy cells each containing =RAND(), and use Edit - Paste Special (with Paste All and Formulas not marked and Numbers marked).
If you need something more stable, maybe you can use RANDBETWEEN( low; high ): it changes only with a full recalculation (Ctrl+Shift+F9)
Be aware that this technique only works until a recalculation occurs. For example, if you save the file and reopen it, the RAND() functions are recalculated and the values that were formerly sorted in column C are (probably) out of order again. I even tried Tools, Protect Document, Sheet. Further sorts on the cells are not allowed but a full recalculate or Save/Open still destroys the sort order. I've wanted to do similar random sorts myself, and was really hoping that this clever technique was the solution, but it appears that it has its limitations.Cambirder wrote:You could do it with a second column
floris v wrote:Why do you actually want to sort a list of random numbers? No sarcasm or whatever intended - I'm really interested.
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