# Excel NOT Function

The Excel NOT function returns the opposite of a given logical or Boolean value. When given TRUE, NOT returns FALSE. When given FALSE, NOT returns TRUE. Use the NOT function to reverse a logical value.

**logical**- A value or logical expression that can be evaluated as TRUE or FALSE.

The NOT function returns the opposite of a given logical or Boolean value. Use the NOT function to reverse a Boolean value or the result of a logical expression.

- When given
- When given TRUE, NOT returns FALSE.

### Example #1 - not green or red

In the example shown, the formula in C5, copied down, is:

The literal translation of this formula is "NOT green or red". At each row, the formula returns TRUE of the color in column B is *not* green or red, and FALSE if the color *is* green or red.

### Example #2 - Not blank

A common use case for the NOT function is to reverse the behavior of another function. For example, If the cell A1 is blank (empty), the ISBLANK function will return TRUE:

=ISBLANK(A1) // TRUE if A1 is empty

To reverse this behavior, wrap the NOT function around the ISBLANK function:

By adding NOT the output from ISBLANK is reversed. This formula will return TRUE when A1 is not empty and FALSE when A1 is empty. You might use this kind of test to only run a calculation if there is a value in A1:

Translation: if A1 is not blank, divide B1 by A1, otherwise return an empty string (""). This is an example of nesting one function inside another.

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