The Windows Calculator – More than just a basic calculator

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The built-in calculator available through Microsoft Windows has been around for a long time. It gives you the same general calculator features you could get in any hand-held device. However, in Windows 10 the calculator has lots of extra features that most users are simply not aware of. I have long gotten rid of having a calculator sitting on my desk; I actually have the Windows Calculator pinned to my start menu so I have easy access to it. Many keyboards now have a dedicated calculator button you can press to immediately launch the calculator.

Did you know you can use the Windows Calculator to convert various types of units of measurement such as angels, energy, temperature, time, volume and even weight/mass? Did you know the calculator can even perform date calculations? And the bonus is that you don’t need to know the tricky and complex formula to work out these solutions, the calculator will do it all for you.

Let me show you how!

  1. Firstly let’s open the calculator, click on the Start button
  2. Start to type the name calculator, Windows 10 will perform a search for you
  3. The calculator will appear in the list so you can then click to open it

Windows Calculator

  1. If you prefer to locate the calculator through the complete start menu you will find the calculator under in the alphabetical list
  2. The calculator will now appear:

Windows Calculator

  1. To access the additional functions you will find them in the Menu ≡ button:

Windows Calculator

  1. Select the Menu button and choose Temperature

Windows Calculator

  1. The calculator will display the options for temperature conversion.
  2. By default, the calculator is ready to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius.
  3. Now type 370 into the number keypad
  4. You will now see under the Fahrenheit field that it will show 187.7778 Degrees Celsius

Windows Calculator

  1. If you wanted to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, use the drop-down arrow adjacent to the Fahrenheit and Celsius labels to change the conversion type
  2. Now for another type of calculation. Click the menu button and choose Energy
  3. The Energy conversion calculator will be displayed

Windows Calculator

  1. From the Joules drop-down menu, choose Kilojoules

Tip: Kilojoules are commonly labelled on Australian food packaging as “Energy” and listed with kJ after the number.

  1. We will now convert kilojoules to calories
  2. Enter the number 490 (for kilojoules)
  3. The Calculator will convert that to 117.1128 calories and shows that it is “About equal to” 464.4 BTU (British Thermal Unit), 117,113 cal, or 1.11 bananas.
  4. Explore the calculator options and see what other types of conversions you can perform

I hope you have enjoyed exploring the other features available in the Windows Calculator. Be sure to check out other posts relating to Windows 10 and earlier operating systems.

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