A couple of years ago, I posted about an Excel bingo workbook, that you could use to create a set of three cards with random numbers. It uses the INDEX and MATCH functions to pull the numbers from another sheet.
There were a few follow up workbooks, including an Excel Bingo Number Selector file from Dick Kusleika.
Horizontal Number Lists
This week, Carrie posted a comment on that article, and she wanted to adapt the bingo cards so they could be printed with Adobe InDesign. Instead of a square with 25 numbers, that program needs the 25 numbers in a single row.
Using the example in the screen shot above, the numbers in the first two rows would be arranged like this, followed by the numbers from the remaining rows:
Random Number Code
Jim Cone pitched in, and wrote some code to generate the random numbers in single rows, but it created some duplicates in the rows. Carrie didn’t want an uprising in the bingo hall, so we sent Jim away to try again. 😉
It didn’t take long for him to return with some code that worked correctly, so Carrie, and her Hummel figurine collecting friends, can safely play bingo this summer. Whew! A bit later, Dick posted an update for Jim’s code. It’s shorter, and does the job very well.
Copy the Random Number Code
Thanks Jim and Dick! I’m sure Carrie appreciates the code, and maybe it will help a few other people.
To use this random number code, copy it to a regular code module in your workbook. Then, go to a blank sheet, and run the SurelyYouCantBeSerious_R1 code.
Sub SurelyYouCantBeSerious_R1() 'Generates 800 sets of random Bingo numbers with no duplicates. 'Each row contains an individual set of Bingo numbers. 'Designed to be used with the "Adobe InDesign" application. 'Jim Cone - Portland, Oregon USA - February 02, 2011 'james.coneXXX@comcast.netXXX - remove all "X" 'Edited by Dick dailydoseofexcel.com On Error GoTo DontCallMeShirley Dim arrList(1 To 800, 1 To 25) As Long Dim j As Long Dim R As Long 'B COLUMNS '1 to 15 in the B column Randomize For R = 1 To 800 For j = 1 To 5 FillList arrList, j, R Next j Next R Range("A1:Y800").Value = arrList() Exit Sub DontCallMeShirley: Beep Resume Next End Sub '========== Sub FillList(ByRef arrList As Variant, lStart As Long, R As Long) Dim j As Long Dim C As Long Dim N As Long Dim arrCheck(1 To 75) As Long j = 1 For C = lStart To 25 Step 5 Do While j < 6 'Int((High - Low + 1) * Rnd + Low) N = Int(Rnd * 15 + ((lStart - 1) * 15 + 1)) If arrCheck(N) < 1 Then arrList(R, C) = N arrCheck(N) = N j = j + 1 Exit Do End If Loop Next C End Sub