# BITLSHIFT function

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

## 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).