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How to Generate All Permutations in Excel

This tutorial demonstrates how to generate all permutations in Excel.

 

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Generate All Permutations

Using the VBA macro, you can generate all possible permutations of given characters. All you need is to create a small piece of code and enter input characters. To achieve this, follow the next steps.

  1. In the Ribbon, go to Developer > Visual Basic. If you don’t have this tab available, find out how to add the Developer tab.

 

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  1. In the VBA window, go to Insert > Module.

 

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  1. In the code window on the right side, paste the following code and save.

 

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  1. Now you have created the GetString macro, and you can run it. In the Ribbon, go to Developer > Macros.

 

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  1. If it’s not already selected, select the macro, and click Run.

 

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  1. In the pop-up window, enter characters for permutation (in this example, abcde), and click OK.

 

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As a result, in Column A, you get all possible (120) permutations of entered characters.

 

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