February 21

XOR Function in Excel – Exclusive OR – Tutorial and Download

Can I use Exclusive OR function XOR?

This is a new function is Excel 2013.  So if you are on an older version, you are out of luck.  I tried to pull up the attached spreadsheet that has a Mac version of Excel 2010, and I received the dreaded #NAME? error.

In the video, Oz du Soleil mentions that most explanations of this functions are programming examples. So he offers this explanation of XOR.  The example reminds me of College/University, where different combinations of prerequisites can be met to satisfy the requirement.

XOR’s options

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 The Setup

The scenario is the attached spreadsheet and video is where a teacher must agree to teach EITHER:

  • a minimum of 4 classes in one section or
  • a minimum of 2 classes in the yellow section, NOT BOTH
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BONUS Download

About the author 

Rick Grantham

I am the Director of Business Intelligence at a Consulting Firm and am responsible for leading reporting and analytics deployments. I am also a Founder at Excel TV and am dedicated to making this community a home base for Excel users. A place where experts share strategies to Cleanse, Automate and Visualize data.

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