# about_Logical_Operators

## Short description

Describes the operators that connect statements in PowerShell.

## Long description

The PowerShell logical operators connect expressions and statements, allowing you to use a single expression to test for multiple conditions.

For example, the following statement uses the and operator and the or operator to connect three conditional statements. The statement is true only when the value of $a is greater than the value of $b, and either $a or $b is less than 20.

```
($a -gt $b) -and (($a -lt 20) -or ($b -lt 20))
```

PowerShell supports the following logical operators.

Logical AND (

`-and`

) - TRUE when both statements are TRUE.`(1 -eq 1) -and (1 -eq 2) # Result is False`

Logical OR (

`-or`

) - TRUE when either statement is TRUE.`(1 -eq 1) -or (1 -eq 2) # Result is True`

Logical EXCLUSIVE OR (

`-xor`

) - TRUE when only one statement is TRUE`(1 -eq 1) -xor (2 -eq 2) # Result is False`

Logical not (

`-not`

) or (`!`

) - Negates the statement that follows.`-not (1 -eq 1) # Result is False !(1 -eq 1) # Result is False`

The previous examples also use the equal to comparison operator `-eq`

. For more
information, see about_Comparison_Operators.
The examples also use the Boolean values of integers. The integer 0 has a value
of FALSE. All other integers have a value of TRUE.

The syntax of the logical operators is as follows:

```
<statement> {-AND | -OR | -XOR} <statement>
{! | -NOT} <statement>
```

Statements that use the logical operators return Boolean (TRUE or FALSE) values.

The PowerShell logical operators evaluate only the statements required to
determine the truth value of the statement. If the left operand in a statement
that contains the and operator is FALSE, the right operand isn't evaluated. If
the left operand in a statement that contains the or statement is TRUE, the
right operand isn't evaluated. As a result, you can use these statements in
the same way that you would use the `If`

statement.