BITRSHIFT function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is BITRSHIFT function in Excel?

BITRSHIFT function is one of Engineering functions in Microsoft Excel that returns a number shifted right by the specified number of bits.

Syntax of BITRSHIFT function

BITRSHIFT(number, shift_amount)

The BITRSHIFT function syntax has the following arguments.

  • Number: Must be an integer greater than or equal to 0.
  • Shift_amount: Must be an integer.

BITRSHIFT formula explanation

  • Shifting a number right is equivalent to removing digits from the rightmost side of the binary representation of the number. For example, a 2-bit shift to the right on the decimal value 13 converts its binary value (1101) to 11, or 3 in decimal.
  • If either argument is outside its constraints, BITRSHIFT returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If Number is greater than (2^48)-1, BITRSHIFT returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If the absolute value of Shift_amount is greater than 53, BITRSHIFT returns the #NUM! error value.
  • If either argument is a non-numeric value, BITRSHIFT returns the #VALUE! error value.
  • A negative number used as the Shift_amount argument shifts the number of bits to the left.
  • A negative number used as the Shift_amount argument returns the same result as a positive Shift_amount argument for the BITLSHIFT function.

Example of BITRSHIFT function

Steps to follow:

1. Open a new Excel worksheet.

2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1

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Formula Description Result How it works
=BITRSHIFT(13,2) Shifts bits right for the number by stripping the specified rightmost digits of the number represented in binary. The number returned is represented in decimal. 3 13 is represented as 1101 in binary. Stripping the rightmost two digits results in 11, which is 3 in decimal.

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