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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.
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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