Using the Win7 Calculator on Vista and XP PCs

Before I tell you about the Win7 calculator I want to let you know about a really neat alternative way of doing calculations on your PC.

If you have the Google Toolbar installed in your browser just type in the calculation into the search box.  It will then give you the answer directly without even hitting <Enter>.  Cool eh?

And it will do complex calculations as well, so tan(pi**2.7+e/sqrt(67))= works just as well as 2+2=.  

It only works in this seamless smanner with the Google Toolbar though. If you use a normal Google search box you will need to hit <Enter> to evoke the standard Google Calculator. You can find full details on the Google Calculator here.

Back to the new fancy looking Windows 7 calculator. Apart from looking great and doing all the normal calculator functions it will convert units, has a scientific mode and statistics mode as well as a new programmer mode. In fact, just about everything you need. 

To install the Win7 calculator in Vista follow the instructions here:

http://www.askvg.com/get-windows-7-calculator-working-in-windows-vista/

You can't install the Win7 calculator in XP but you can install this look-alike. Unfortunately it doesn't have the full functionality as the real Win7 calculator but it does look a lot better than the standard XP version.

If you use XP and want more functionality you could try Microsoft Calculator Plus or use one of these freebies:

http://www.moffsoft.com/freecalc.htm
http://www.speqmath.com/index.php?id=4

Signing off

Rhiannnon

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by Anonymous on 21. May 2009 - 3:27  (22014)

Or the excellent SpeedCrunch

http://speedcrunch.org/en_US/index.html

by Anonymous on 21. May 2009 - 2:53  (22012)

You don't necessarily need the Google Toolbar for the search box calculations to work seamlessly. It also works seamlessly in Firefox's search box if you have the CustomizeGoogle add-on/extension installed.

by Anonymous on 21. May 2009 - 4:42  (22018)

And possibly without CustomizeGoogle installed.

by Anonymous on 25. August 2009 - 20:35  (31505)

You can do even better by downloading Calculator++ from ILOC.COM. It's written in Java, so also runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Solaris. But, hey, you're a Windows person, so you'll be amazed at the features in Calculator++. It supports over 25,000 conversion units, and can do hexadecimal and binary floating-point calculations. Actually, all bases (2-36) in floating point. No other calculator in the universe does that.

Go to: http://www.iloc.com/products/calculator

by rhiannon on 25. August 2009 - 22:01  (31509)

Good grief is there anything that calculator doesn't do?

I'm a cross platform kinda girl. If a Mac dropped in my lap (they are out of my price range) to go with my Windows and Linux I'd be in computer heaven. I'll go as far as admitting I prefer point and click over the command line, but that's it. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. =)

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