# Excel BITXOR Function

Summary

The Excel BITXOR function returns a decimal number representing the bitwise XOR of two numbers. For each corresponding bit in the binary representation of the numbers a logical XOR operation is performed and the resulting number returned.

Purpose

Returns a 'Bitwise Xor' of two numbers

Return value

Decimal Number

Syntax

=BITXOR (number1, number2)

Arguments

**number1**- A positive decimal number.**number2**- A positive decimal number.

Usage notes

The input numbers must be greater than or equal to zero and no larger than 2^48 - 1.

### Difference Between OR and XOR

When a waiter in a breakfast diner asks if you want coffee OR orange juice, they really are asking if you want coffee XOR juice. You can have one or the other, but not both.