The Hat

The Hat 3.1

Randomizes the entries in a list
4.3  (16 votes) (See all)
Randomly changes the order of the items in a list and selects items from a list according to an arbitrary algorithm. Useful for secret Santa or small raffles.

The most important part from a contest or lottery is, of course, the winner's announcing. To ease the process of extractions, you can use The Hat, a simple program that randomly selects individual and pairs of names from a given list.
This application can also be used to create a random order for a group of names, a feature that might come in handy for teachers when checking student's presentations.

To be honest, I was hoping for more advanced visual and audio effects during shuffle process. Unfortunately, this aspect proved to be an important disadvantage, as the option to flash different colors bothered my eyes and the sound effect was a bit annoying.
More to that, when importing names from local documents, the program automatically removes the old names from the list and adds the ones from the imported file.

Even though The Hat offers you the results you need, my guess is that there are still many improvements that need to be made, like new audio effects or the ability to import names from PDF/DOC files.

Ashley Griggs
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Review summary


  • User-friendly interface
  • You will be able add/remove as many entries as you want
  • You can extract individual and pairs of names
  • You can import names from a file
  • Sound and visual effects when extracting


  • Offers you to install unnecessary utilities
  • When importing names from a file, it automatically deletes the ones already added in the list
  • You can import names only from TXT files
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