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Performing calculations with the Calculator

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Performing calculations with the Calculator

There is a brand new calculator app here in Windows 8.1 along with the old accessory you might be accustomed to using it in previous versions of Windows. We are going to look at the new one now, and you might have a Tile right here on your Start screen for the calculator. If not, not to worry, just start to type calculator and the Search Pane opens up and you'll notice there are actually two options. The new Tile or new modern Tile is the new Windows 8.1 app, and down below you will see the old accessory, which we can still access.

Performing calculations with the Calculator

There is a brand new calculator app here in Windows 8.1 along with the old accessory you might be accustomed to using it in previous versions of Windows. We are going to look at the new one now, and you might have a Tile right here on your Start screen for the calculator. If not, not to worry, just start to type calculator and the Search Pane opens up and you'll notice there are actually two options. The new Tile or new modern Tile is the new Windows 8.1 app, and down below you will see the old accessory, which we can still access.

But let's take a look at the new one. So it launches with three options across the top, a Standard calculator, Scientific and a Converter. Beginning with Standard, you can see we have the standard operations. Let's say we want to get the square root of 55. We click 55 twice, click the square root symbol and there's your answer. You can press Escape on your keyboard, which is the equivalent of clicking the Clear button. Most every time you hit Escape, the Clear button flashes. Let's go up to Scientific now. You get a whole number of new functions available to you with this type of calculator.

So I want to get, what 778 squared is? I can go over to the scientific side to get the answer. So lots of different options, sines, cosines, and tangents if your into Calculus, etc. This is the perfect calculator. But what I use this for, is the Converter. This is what I really like. From here you can choose what you're converting. Notice volume is at the top, Length, Weight, Temperature. I'm going to go to Temperature. And now we can see what our units of measure are set to by default, Celsius to Fahrenheit, but I can click the drop down and go the reverse, Fahrenheit to Celsius. Or if I wanted to even use Kelvin.

But I want to go from Celsius to Fahrenheit because currently I'm using Celsius and the temperature outside is 18. So I click in 18, and I can see it's actually 64 degrees Fahrenheit where I'm living. There's no clear button we can use CE to clear. And, escape won't do anything for you either. But, we could also go to a different converter. Let's click the drop down for Temperature, and, go to Volume. This is handy for example, when baking.

Let's click the drop down next to Milliliters, the default. And, let's say we want to go from Teaspoons, to Milliliters. And let's say we're asked to provide 3 teaspoons. That's a 14.78677 milliliters. And down below, you're getting some other ones as well. We'll go back to Standard now. You can press Escape to clear everything and press your Windows key to return to the Start screen knowing you have the ability to do standard, scientific and conversion calculations with the new calculator app here in Windows 8.1.

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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