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Google Sheets Formulas

In this article, you will learn what the OR formula is and how to use it in Google Sheets.

The OR formula returns “TRUE” when one or more inputs are logically true, and the OR function provides “FALSE” if no argument is logically true. So, unless none of the arguments are logically false, the formula returns “TRUE”.

- Type
**“=OR”**or navigate to the**“Insert”**tab (or**“Functions”**icon) →**“Function”**→**“Logical”**→**“OR”**. - Insert the logic(s) and expression(s) you want to test.
- Press the
**“Enter”**key.

The general formula is as below:

**Logical_expression1**:** **You need to insert a logical test such as “A1=1”, ”A1<B1”, and “A1+B1=2” by manually input and/or cell reference.

**Logical_expression2 (Optional)**:** **You can add more than one expression if needed.

Note: The number 0 is considered logically “FALSE” by the OR function; all other numbers (including negative numbers) are considered logically “TRUE”.

The following screenshot shows examples of the usage of the OR function.

The OR function is often combined with the IF function rather than used alone. As the OR formula returns “TRUE” or “FALSE”, the OR and the IF function, which needs “TRUE” or “FALSE” input to determine which value to show, go well together.

Assume that you are a manager and need to check whether your group members have test results that meet at least **one** of the following criteria.

- Test A score is equal to or more than 70.
- Test B score is equal to or more than 70.
- The aggregate score of Test A and B is 140 or above.

The formula shown in the picture above contains the OR function containing the arguments below:

**Logical_expression1: **C15>=$C$10 (Test A Score 54>=70) → Unmet

**Logical_expression2: **D15>=$C$11 (Test B Score 67>=70) → Unmet

**Logical_expression3: **E15>=$C$12 (Total Test Score 121>=140) → Unmet

As for the formula in cell F15, the OR function returns “FALSE" as all requirements are unmet. Therefore, the IF function returns the defined value of “No”, the value provided when it is false.

Check this article: Relative Reference and Absolute Reference in Google Sheets: Explained if you want to learn about different types of references.

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If you don’t get the right answer to your question in this article or you have other questions on logic formulas, you may find the answers in the following articles.

Should you need to learn about the IF or IFS formulas, check the following articles.

How to Use IF Function in Google Sheets

How to Use IFS Function in Google Sheets

If you want to learn about how to use the AND formula, visit the web page below.

AND Function in Google Sheets: Explained

OR Function in Google Sheets: Explained

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