# Simple inequality operator (!=)

**!=**Value2

## Value1

The first value to compare.

## Value2

The second value to compare.

## Returns — Logical

Whether the first value is not equal to the second value.

Returns whether the first value is not equal to the second value. 2 != 32 != 3 returns TRUE, but 2 != 22 != 2 returns FALSE. "a" != "A""a" != "A" returns TRUE, because text string comparisons are case-sensitive (unlike the <> operator, where text string comparisons are case-insensitive.)

## Array behavior

When applied to arrays, this operator returns a single TRUE or FALSE value indicating whether their elements are not identical.

This formula returns FALSE:

This formula returns TRUE:

The <> operator works differently. This formula returns the array { FALSE, FALSE }{ FALSE; FALSE }:

This formula returns the array { FALSE, TRUE }{ FALSE; TRUE }:

The behavior of the `<>`

operator is useful particularly
when used with the FILTER function. Refer to the <>
documentation for more information.

## Examples

Returns FALSE, as the <> operator compares text strings in a case-insensitive manner.

Returns FALSE, because all pairs in the two arrays are equal to one another.