# BITOR

The BITOR function is used to perform a bitwise OR operation between two numbers in Excel. This function is commonly used in computer programming and digital logic design to manipulate and compare binary data.

## Syntax

=BITOR(`number1`

, `number2`

)

`number1` | The first number or cell reference containing the first number. |

`number2` | The second number or cell reference containing the second number. |

## About BITOR

When you dive into the world of binary operations and need to perform a bitwise OR operation between two numbers, the BITOR function in Excel comes to your rescue. It serves as a handy tool for manipulating binary data, especially beneficial for those dealing with computer programming, digital logic design, or any other field involving binary manipulation and comparison. The operation computes the OR of corresponding bits of the two input numbers, generating a new number with bits set where at least one of the corresponding input bits is 1. To use BITOR effectively, you simply input the two numbers for which you want to perform the bitwise OR operation, either directly or through cell references. The result will be the bitwise OR output of the specified numbers, reflecting the logical OR operation performed on each pair of corresponding bits of the input numbers.

## Examples

Suppose you want to perform a bitwise OR operation between the binary numbers 1010 and 1100. The BITOR formula would be: =BITOR(1010, 1100) This will return the result: 1110, which is the bitwise OR of the input numbers.

Suppose you have the numbers 13 and 27 in cells A1 and B1, respectively, and you want to perform a bitwise OR operation between them. The BITOR formula would be: =BITOR(A1, B1) This will return the result of performing a bitwise OR operation between the numbers in cells A1 and B1.

## Questions

**What does the BITOR function do?**

The BITOR function performs a bitwise OR operation between two numbers. It computes the OR of corresponding bits of the specified input numbers, generating a result with bits set where at least one of the corresponding input bits is 1.

**In what scenarios is the BITOR function useful?**

The BITOR function is particularly useful in computer programming, digital logic design, and any field involving binary data manipulation and comparison. It provides a means to perform bitwise OR operations, allowing for flexible manipulation of binary data.

**How do I specify the numbers for the BITOR function?**

You can specify the numbers for the BITOR function directly as binary representations or provide cell references containing the numbers. Ensure that the input values are valid representations of binary numbers or numeric values that you want to perform the bitwise OR operation on.

## Related functions

BITAND

BITXOR

BITLSHIFT

BITRSHIFT