# How to Use BITLSHIFT function in Google Sheets in 2020?

BITLSHIFT functionThe BITLSHIFT function shifts the bits of the input a certain number of places to the left. Bits on the right are filled with zeroes (0s).

Parts of a BITLSHIFT function

BITLSHIFT(value,shift_amount)

Part
Description
Notes

value
The number to be shifted.
Must be a non-negative number.

shift_amount
The number of places to shift.
Must be a value between -53 and 53, inclusive. Supplying a negative value will effectively be a BITRSHIFT.

Sample formulas

BITLSHIFT(A2, 4)BITLSHIFT(9, 2)

Notes

Values don’t necessarily have to be numbers.
Values may be coerced. For example, a string value of “3” can be coerced to be simply 3 and a boolean value of TRUE can be coerced to 1.

Examples

In this example, we use BITLSHIFT with values inlined into the function. The value 2 (represented as 10 in base 2) has its bits shifted left by the shift_amount of 2, resulting in 8 (represented as 1000 in base 2).

A
B

1
Formula
Result

2
=BITLSHIFT(2,2)
8

Similar to the last example, a value of 2 being shifted by 2 results in a BITLSHIFT of 8. However, in this example, we use cell references to grab our values.

A
B
C

1
Formula
Result
Reference cells

2
=BITLSHIFT(C2,C3)
8
2

Related functions

BITRSHIFT: The BITRSHIFT function shifts the bits of the input a certain number of places to the right. Bits on the left are filled with zeroes (0s).

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