Why doesn’t it start?
First time you use the Group Machine (and when you use a new version of it) you have to allow it to use the programming side of Excel. That’s been prohibited by Microsoft per default, So you’ll need to allow the Group Machine to do it’s thing – and trust me as the developer that I don’t have evil intentions. (but don’t worry, I haven’t.)
If You can’t see the yellow bar, examine if there’s another Excel window open but hidden behind the others, or minimized. If you still can’t see anything, try closing and reopening the program.
Can it print the list with groups?
No unfortunately it cannot. But when you close the program, it remembers everything when you open it again.
You can take a screenshot of the app. All keyboards have a button called “Print Screen” – if you press that and then open a image editor or Microsoft Word or Excel and press Control +V, it will insert the picture. Then you may even edit the size of that picture to only include the area with the student groups, you can print it from there.
I set it to 4 students in a group, but there are many groups with 3 students?
Group Machine is not perfect, and cannot round up/down. You sometimes have to adjust manually: i.e. tell certain students to join other groups. You can see the and select the student by selecting the random button and add him to the class you need. You can create as many groups by selecting the group number and students you need per group.
Group Machine is open, and suddenly I can’t open other Excel documents!?
Yeah, that’s unfurtunately as it is. For some unknown reason You can only have Group Machine open as the sole Excel document – close it, do the other Excel docs You want, and reopen Group Machine. Sorry.
How do I save my changes in Group Machine?
No need to save – just close the program. Next time You open it, it’ll have remembered the changes You made.
How many students/classes can I enter?
I don’t know – theoretically endless amounts, but I haven’t tried to find out exactly how many.
How do I rename a class?
Sorry, You can not. The class has to be deleted and re-created. You can only rename a student. This is done by selecting the student’s name, correcting it in the field below, and clicking “Add/Edit Student.
Where’s the undo-button?
It’s not there at all, sorry – You just have to be precise.
What are those numbers beside the student names in the middle column?
That’s the time and date when this student was last selected at random, using the “Random Student” button. For example You may want to let all students make a presentation, but only 3 students each day. So a few days down when you’ve completely forgotten, You can still see in the Group Machine, who has – hasn’t – made the presentation yet. (and when!)
What is the “Random (retain records)” checkbox for? (low right part of the screen)
It’s used to forget the date (see the question right above this), or leave it be, when selecting students at random.
How do I reset the records (the time/date by the students name)
..by clicking the tiny “reset” button, which is crammed in a bit above.