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    unable to copy random samples

    I have generated random samples and am trying to cut and paste to another column to order them. When I do that the numbers are not the same in the pasted column. I have tried this numerous times and I get different numbers each time. I am also unable to order these copied and pasted numbers! confused:

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    Re: unable to copy random samples

    I presume you're copying cells with formulas in them since you're not providing that information.

    Highlight the cells to copy, press CTRL-C to copy, then click on your target cell and go to EDIT > PASTE SPECIAL > VALUES > OK.
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    Re: unable to copy random samples

    I just tried that and the numbers are not the same. And yes, the cells do have formulas in them.

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    Re: unable to copy random samples

    Very Odd. Perhaps turning off Automatic calculation would stop the numbers from changing long enough for you to copy them.

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    Re: unable to copy random samples

    I tried again, the same thing- different numbers. So I copied and pasted the different numbers and those duplicated correctly! I don't get it!? How would I turn off the Auto calculation?

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    Re: unable to copy random samples

    Assuming those formulas include a function like RAND or RANDBETWEEN, they recalculate every time Excel calculates anything.

    They are, in the vernacular, volatile.
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    Re: unable to copy random samples

    Yes, they include RANDBETWEEN. How do I get them to stop recalculating? Please. I am using Excel 2008 at home and the same thing is happening. I have tried to simply type the values in another column and the original numbers change each time I move down a cell.

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    Re: unable to copy random samples

    turn off auto calculation in TOOLS>OPTIONS>CALCULATION

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