It is found in the Formulas Tab under Logical. It checks whether any of the arguments are true and will yield either a TRUE or FALSE value.

How To Use OR Function 1

The syntax or formula is


How To Use OR Function? The OR Function can be used with Logical Operators, nested within an IF Function, and used in conjunction with the AND or NOT Functions.

How To Use OR Function Logical Operators:

How To Use OR Function ? It’s the end of the year and employee bonuses are being distributed. The first bonus is a Sales Bonus and it is awarded to every employee who either had over $10,000 in sales or sold more than 10 Protection Plans.

          1. Logical1 =B2>10000

          2. Logical2 =C2>10

          3. =OR(B2>10000,C2>10)

           4. Copy the formula down Column F

           5. All employees who have a TRUE will get the Sales Bonus this year

How To Use OR Function 2

IF Function

To change the value in Column F to show the actual bonus ($250.00) instead of the TRUE or FALSE values use an IF Function.

           1. Insert the OR Function from the example above into an IF Function as the Logical_test

           2. =IF(OR(B2>10000,C2>10),"$250","0")

           3. The function reads If the employee has sales exceeding $10,000 or has sold more than 10                 protection plans return $250, if not $0.

           4. Copy down the column and now you can see exactly who gets a bonus.

AND Function

How To Use OR Function and AND Funtion ,Use when there is multiple criteria, for example, a training bonus of $25 is issued to all employees who had either 8 hours or 16 hours only if the employee was absent less than 2 days.

           1. Enter the OR Function as =OR(D2=8,D2=16)

           2. Nest the OR Function into an AND Function as =AND(OR(D3=8,D3=16),E3<2)

           3. Nest the AND Function into the IF Function as                                                                                        =IF(AND(OR(D4=8,D4=16),E4<2),"$25","$0")

           4. The final formula reads If Training Hours equal 8 or 16 AND Days Missed is under 2, then                  return a value of $25 if not, no bonus is awarded.

How To Use OR Function & NOT Function

How To Use OR Function and The NOT Function changes FALSE to TRUE or TRUE to FALSE. When combined with the OR Function it searches for values that are NOT this or that. The Company gives gift cards out at the end of the year.

Employees who did not receive a Training bonus nor a Sales bonus will receive a $10 Gift Card as a thank you from the Owner.

             1. Create the OR Statement =OR(F2="$250",G2="$25"), a TRUE Value means the                                employee received a Sales bonus and/or a Training bonus

             2. Nest the OR Statement into a NOT Function =NOT(OR(F2="$250",G2="$25")) to                              search for those that didn’t receive either bonus.

             3. Nest the NOT Function inside an IF Function                                                                                           =IF(NOT(OR(F2="$250",G2="$25")),"$10","") this function reads. If the employee didn’t                   receive either bonus, place a $10 in the cell, if they did receive a bonus leave the cell                          blank (told by the “” in the value_if_false element).

How To Use OR Function Multiple Nests

How to use OR Function ? Continuing with the above example, let’s say employees who received one bonus receive a $25 gift card and those that earned both bonuses receive a $100 gift card at the end of the year.

1. Create an AND Function =AND(F2="$250",G2="$25") to check if the employee received both bonuses

2. Nest the AND Function within an IF Function IF(AND(F2="$250",G2="$25"),"$100","$25") to          say if they did receive both return a value of $100, if not return a value of $25

 3. Nest the IF Function above into the value_if_false condition of the original IF Function                                                                                                                                                                                                IF(NOT(OR(F2="$250",G2="$25")),"$10",IF(AND(F2="$250",G2="$25"),"$100","$25"))

4. The logic in this very large function is first check if the employee did not receive a bonus and               leaving a $10 value, if they did it is not looking to see if they received both and leaving a $100,          the only other option is for the employee to receive one bonus and in that case, it is leaving a            value of $25.

5. Working backwards is the best way to ensure your Nested Functions remain intact and operable.      In the above worksheet, I test each function one by one in Column J. If the function worked                properly I delete the equal sign from the front,

     go to the next row and copy the function into the next logical test. The individual functions are           colored to show how they fit within each other.