The **NOT **function in Excel returns a logically opposite value. In this article, you’ll learn to use this function and also discuss its application with VBA Code.

The above screenshot is an overview of the article which represents the application of the **NOT** function in Excel. To clarify, in the following sections, you’ll learn more about the uses of Excel’s **NOT **function with its basics.

As a note, we have used *Microsoft Excel 365* version, you may use any other version at your convenience.

**Table of Contents**hide

## Excel NOT Function: Syntax & Arguments

The **NOT** function reverses (*opposite of*) a **Boolean** or logical value. In simple terms, if you enter TRUE, the function returns FALSE, and vice versa.

**Function Objective:**

**NOT** **function always returns a logically opposite value**.

**Syntax:**

`=NOT(logical)`

**Argument Explanation:**

Argument | Required/Optional | Explanation |
---|---|---|

Logical | Required | A logical value that can be evaluated either TRUE or FALSE |

**Return Parameter:**

**Reversed logical value i.e. changes FALSE to TRUE, or TRUE to FALSE.**

**Version:**

The **NOT function** was introduced in **Excel 2007** and is available in all versions after that.

## 1. Basic Example of NOT Function in Excel

First and foremost, let’s explore the most basic example of the **NOT** function, which alters the logical values TRUE and FALSE. In the following figure, the **B5 **cell contains TRUE, the **NOT **function returns the opposite FALSE in the **C5** cell. Normally, **0** is considered FALSE in Excel, so the **NOT** function returns TRUE with **0**. In the case of any other number, the output will be FALSE.

## 2. Omitting a Certain Value Using NOT Function

Alternatively, we can use the **NOT **function to exclude a specific cell value using the formula below.

`=NOT(B5="TV")`

For example, the **B5** cell refers to the input *TV.* Specifically, the function returns FALSE for *TV *and TRUE for all other products since we want to exclude only *TV.*

## 3. Using NOT Function for Obtaining Greater Than or Less Than Value

Conversely, we can also check whether a cell value is less than a specific value. In this case, we want to filter the products whose prices are less than *$200*, upon fulfilling the condition, the function outputs * TRUE*.

`=NOT(C5>200)`

For instance, the **C5 **cell indicates the *Price* of the *TV* which is *$500*.

## 4. Checking If One or More Criteria Are Met

Moreover, we can combine **the OR function** with the **NOT **function to check if one or more criteria are met, and yield TRUE or FALSE respectively. In this situation, any *Product* other than *TV *and *AC will *return TRUE.

`=NOT(OR(B5="TV",B5="AC"))`

In the above equation, the **B5** cell points to the *Product TV*.

**Formula Breakdown:**

**OR(B5=”TV”,B5=”AC”)**→ checks whether any arguments are TRUE, and returns TRUE or FALSE. Returns FALSE only if all arguments are FALSE. Here, the functions check if the text in the**B5**cell is*TV*or*AC*, if one of the conditions holds then the function returns TRUE.**Output → TRUE**

**NOT(OR(B5=”TV”,B5=”AC”)) →**becomes**NOT(TRUE) →**changes FALSE to TRUE, or TRUE to FALSE. Here, the function returns the opposite of TRUE which is FALSE.**Output → FALSE**

## 5. Ensuring Both Criteria Are Met in Excel

Similarly, we can also utilize **the AND function** in conjunction with the **NOT** function to specify the condition where both criteria are met. On this occasion, we want to exclude the *Product TV* made by *Manufacturer Silo Digital*.

`=NOT(AND(B5="TV",C5="Silo Digital"))`

For example, the **B5 **and **C5** cells represent the *Product TV* and the *Manufacturer Silo Digital*.

**Formula Breakdown:**

**AND(B5=”TV”,C5=”Silo Digital”) →**checks whether all the arguments are**TRUE,**and returns**TRUE**if all the arguments are**TRUE**. Here,**B5=”TV”**is theargument, and*logical1***C5=”Silo Digital”**is theargument since both conditions are met, so the*logical2***AND function**returns the output**TRUE**.**Output → TRUE**

**NOT(AND(B5=”TV”,C5=”Silo Digital”)) →**becomes**NOT(TRUE) →**here, the function outputs the opposite of TRUE which is FALSE.**Output → FALSE**

## 6. Constructing Logical Statements

Furthermore, we can combine **the IF function** with the **NOT** function to construct logical statements. Here, we want to avoid buying a *TV *or *AC, *and if the criteria hold, the result will be shown as *“Don’t buy” *(represents TRUE).

`=IF(NOT(OR((B5="TV"),(B5="AC"))),"To buy","Don't buy")`

In the above expression, the **B5** cell refers to *TV*.

**Formula Breakdown:**

**OR((B5=”TV”),(B5=”AC”)) →**checks whether any arguments are TRUE and return TRUE or FALSE. Returns FALSE only if all arguments are FALSE. Here, the functions check if the text in the**B5**cell is*TV*or*AC*, if one of the conditions holds then the function returns TRUE.**Output → TRUE**

**NOT(OR(B5=”TV”,B5=”AC”)) →**becomes**NOT(TRUE) →**changes FALSE to TRUE, or TRUE to FALSE. Here, the function returns the opposite of TRUE which is FALSE.**Output → FALSE**

**IF(NOT(OR((B5=”TV”),(B5=”AC”))),”To buy”,”Don’t buy”) →**becomes**IF(FALSE,”To buy”,”Don’t buy”) →**checks whether a condition is met and returns one value if**TRUE**and another value if**FALSE**. Here,**FALSE**is theargument because of which the*logical_test***IF function**returns the value of**“Don’t buy”**which is theargument. Otherwise, it would return*value_if_false***“To buy”**which is theargument.*value_if_true***Output → “Don’t buy”**

## 7. Checking for Blank Cell in Excel

Besides, we can utilize **the ISBLANK function** and the **NOT **function to check for blank cells and employ the **IF **function to return the result based on the prior output. For instance, the price hike of some products is shown as an *Extra Price, *in that case, the price of the product is discounted by *10%*. Here, the products without *Extra Price* are not considered.

`=IF(NOT(ISBLANK(E5)), E5*10%, "No discount")`

Specifically, the **E5 **cell indicates the *Extra Price*.

**Formula Breakdown:**

**ISBLANK(E5) →**checks whether a reference is to an empty cell, and returns**TRUE**or**FALSE**. Here,**E5**is theargument that refers to the*value***Extra Price.**Now, the**ISBLANK**function checks whether the**Extra Price**cell is blank. It returns**TRUE**if blank and**FALSE**if not blank.**Output → FALSE**

**NOT(ISBLANK(E5))****→**becomes**NOT(FALSE)****→**Here, the function flips the FALSE value to TRUE.**Output → TRUE**

**IF(NOT(ISBLANK(E5)), E5*10%, “No discount”)****→**becomes**IF(TRUE,****E5*10%, “No discount”****) →**In this case,**TRUE**is theargument because of which the*logical_test***IF function**returns**E5*10%**which is theargument. Otherwise, it would return*value_if_true***“No discount”**which is theargument.*value_if_false***100 * 10% → 10**

## 8. Applying VBA Code

Last but not least, you can apply Excel’s **NOT **function to check if a cell contains a numeric value with the **VBA **code shown below. It’s simple and easy; just follow along.

📌 ** Steps**:

- First, navigate to the
**Developer**tab >> click the**Visual Basic**button.

Now, this opens the **Visual Basic Editor** in a new window.

- Second, go to the
**Insert**tab >> select**Module**.

For your ease of reference, you can copy the code from here and paste it into the window as shown below.

```
Sub Excel_NOT_Function()
'declare a variable
Dim ws As Worksheet
Set ws = Worksheets("NOT VBA")
'apply the Excel NOT function
ws.Range("C5").Formula = "=NOT(ISNUMBER(B5))"
ws.Range("C6").Formula = "=NOT(ISNUMBER(B6))"
ws.Range("C7").Formula = "=NOT(ISNUMBER(B7))"
ws.Range("C8").Formula = "=NOT(ISNUMBER(B8))"
ws.Range("C9").Formula = "=NOT(ISNUMBER(B9))"
End Sub
```

**⚡**** Code Breakdown:**

Now, we’ll explain the **VBA** code, which is divided into two steps.

- In the first portion, the sub-routine is given a name, here it is
**Excel_NOT_Function()**. - Next, define the variable
**ws**for storing the**Worksheet**object and enter the worksheet name, here it is “*NOT VBA*”.

- In the second potion, use the
**NOT**and**ISNUMBER**functions to check if the specified**B5**,**B6**,**B7**,**B8**, and**B9**cells (*input cells*) contain numeric or text data. - Now, use the
**Range**object to return the result to the**C5**,**C6**,**C7**,**C8**, and**C9**cells (*output cells*).

- Third, close the
**VBA**window >> click the**Macros**button.

This opens the **Macros** dialog box.

- Following this, select the
**copy_and_paste_data**macro >> hit the**Run**button.

Finally, the results should look like the screenshot given below.

## Common Errors While Using the NOT Function

Error |
Occurrence |
---|---|

#VALUE! |
Occurs when the cell range is inserted as input |

## Practice Section

Here, we have provided a** Practice** section on the right side of each sheet so you can practice yourself. Please make sure to do it by yourself.

**Download Practice Workbook**

## Conclusion

To sum up, this article describes 8 examples of how to use the **NOT **function in Excel. Now, we suggest you read the full article carefully and apply the knowledge in our free practice workbook.