# BITXOR

The BITXOR function performs a bitwise XOR (exclusive OR) operation on two numbers or sets of binary digits. This function is useful for manipulating binary data or performing bitwise operations in Excel.

## Syntax

=BITXOR(`number1`

, `number2`

)

`number1` | The first number or binary digit set to be XOR-ed. |

`number2` | The second number or binary digit set to be XOR-ed. |

## About BITXOR

When dealing with binary data or the need for bitwise operations, the BITXOR function in Excel offers a convenient solution. By performing an exclusive OR operation on two numbers or sets of binary digits, BITXOR facilitates the manipulation and analysis of binary data within the Excel environment. This function is particularly functional for engineers, programmers, or individuals working with binary representations of data.

## Examples

Suppose you want to perform a bitwise XOR operation on the binary numbers 1010 and 1100. The BITXOR formula would be: =BITXOR(1010, 1100) This will return the result of the exclusive OR operation on the two binary numbers.

If you have two decimal numbers 15 and 7, and you want to perform a bitwise XOR operation on their binary representations, the BITXOR formula would be: =BITXOR(15, 7) This will return the result of the exclusive OR operation on the two decimal numbers after converting them to binary.

## Questions

**How does the BITXOR function work?**

The BITXOR function performs a bitwise XOR (exclusive OR) operation on the binary representations of the input numbers. For each pair of corresponding bits in the binary representation of the numbers, the result will be 1 if the bits are different, and 0 if they are the same.

**Can the BITXOR function be used with decimal numbers?**

Yes, the BITXOR function can be used with decimal numbers. When applied to decimal numbers, the BITXOR function first converts the decimal input numbers into their binary representations and then performs the bitwise XOR operation on the binary digits.

**What are some practical use cases for the BITXOR function?**

The BITXOR function is commonly used in computer programming, cryptography, data encryption, and error detection. It is also useful for manipulating binary data or performing bitwise operations when working with numerical data in binary form.

## Related functions

BITAND

BITOR

BITLSHIFT

BITRSHIFT