Excel comparison operators can compare two values and return a logical (Boolean) value. You can use the return logical value in other functions like **IF,** or features, like *Conditional Formatting,* that require a logical value input. In this guide, we are going to show you various types of Excel comparison operators available, and go over some tips and examples. Let’s start with a few tips:

- A logical comparison always returns a Boolean value. Per its definition, this means that there are two possible outcomes (Boolean):
*TRUE*and*FALSE*. - The comparisons are formulas. You do not need any other functions to execute them. Simply begin with an equal operator (=) like starting a regular formula:

*TRUE*

*=10=75* returns *FALSE*

- You can use these operators everywhere a logical test is allowed. For example, you can use these operators in
**IF, AND,****OR**and**NOT**functions:

=IF(AND(A5=G1,MyValue<=10),B5+1,B5-1)

- We recommend using the
**EXACT**function to compare strings.

# Excel Comparison Operators

## Equal to

The equal to operator (=) returns *TRUE* if two values are equal to each other, otherwise *FALSE*.

## Greater than

The greater than operator (>) returns *TRUE* if the first value is greater than the second value, and returns *FALSE *otherwise.

## Less than

The less than operator (<) returns *TRUE* if the first value is less than the second value, and returns *FALSE *otherwise.

## Greater than or equal to

The greater than or equal to operator (>=) returns *TRUE* if the first value is greater than or equal to the second value, and returns *FALSE *otherwise.

## Less than or equal to

The less than or equal to operator (<=) returns *TRUE* if the first value is less than or equal to the second value, and returns *FALSE *otherwise.

## Not Equal to

The not equal to operator (<>) returns *TRUE* if two values are not equal to each other, and returns *FALSE *otherwise.

Alternatively, you can use the **NOT** function with the equal to operator to essentially run the same test.