NOT function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the NOT function in Microsoft Excel.


Reverses the value of its argument. Use NOT when you want to make sure a value is not equal to one particular value.



The NOT function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Logical    Required. A value or expression that can be evaluated to TRUE or FALSE.


If logical is FALSE, NOT returns TRUE; if logical is TRUE, NOT returns FALSE.


Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.





Reverses FALSE



Reverses an equation that evaluates to TRUE


Applies To: Excel 2016, Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel 2013, Excel Online, Excel 2016 for Mac, Excel for Mac 2011, Excel 2007

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