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Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator

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One of the most popular Windows accessories around is the Calculator and here in Windows 7, the calculator gets a surprisingly major update and its first serious functional refresh since way back to Windows 95. So let's launch the Calculator from the Windows Orb or Start button. Let's just type in 'calc'. That's going to display one program starting with calc. That's the calculator and when we select it, it's going to pop up on our screen and the first thing you might notice is it probably looks a little bit bigger than you're used to, and that's because it's getting ready for those brand new multi-touch compatible displays that are on the way.

Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator

One of the most popular Windows accessories around is the Calculator and here in Windows 7, the calculator gets a surprisingly major update and its first serious functional refresh since way back to Windows 95. So let's launch the Calculator from the Windows Orb or Start button. Let's just type in 'calc'. That's going to display one program starting with calc. That's the calculator and when we select it, it's going to pop up on our screen and the first thing you might notice is it probably looks a little bit bigger than you're used to, and that's because it's getting ready for those brand new multi-touch compatible displays that are on the way.

You're going to be able to press the calculator buttons right on the screen like you got a real calculator. But it's the different modes of operation. You can now choose from that makes the calculator worth exploring. Let's click the View button. You'll notice Standard is selected and it's the default or basic view you're probably accustomed to. You also have Scientific. Scientific still exists like it did in previous versions. You get all of these extra buttons and you're going to need to know what you're doing with this particular mode. Let's go back to View and choose a new one called Programmer.

In Programmer mode, you've got a couple of things that you're going to be seeing and a number of different options for conversions and different modes as well. Let's just play around a little bit. We'll type in the number 128. So it appears here in the display. This is using our language known as the decimal language but we can convert it using this mode to hexadecimal, for example. This is great for programmers. 80 is the equivalent in that language and if you're wondering what computer see when we type in characters like 128.

Well, we can change to another mode such as Byte, for example. Down below, you're going to see the ones and zeros that make up the number 128 in the decimal language or 80 in the hexadecimal language. This is what the computer sees. Go back to View. One last one is Statistics. This is also like the Programmer mode, in that, you're going to need to know what you're doing with these types of modes of operation because you are not going to find a lot of explanation on how to use the calculator modes.

So if you're into statistics, you'll know how to use these buttons down below. Let's go back to View now and change it to Standard. Now we also have, not just the different modes of operation, but some additional options that will allow us to change the additional information we can work with on the right-hand side. Let's go back to View. You can see we're working in Basic here. We have got Unit Conversion. Now over on the right hand side, next to our standard calculator, we have the ability to convert things.

For example, Angles, which appear by default on this button, change the type, for example, to Temperature. Now down below, we can enter a value. Notice Degrees Celsius appears. So today we're expecting a high where I live of 26 degrees C. I'd like to know what that is in Fahrenheit. I'll go down below, change Degrees Celsius, to Degrees Fahrenheit, and you can see our high today. It's going to be 78.8 degrees. Nice little feature.

So lots of different types to choose from. If you want to convert to other metric system or length, for example, and you'll notice we have got lots to choose from here. Let's say we wanted to convert 12 inches into centimeters. I think you've got the idea, so 30.48 cm is what you'll find on the typical ruler. Now I also have date calculations. Let's go up to the View menu, go down to Date Calculation. Notice the keyboard shortcuts on the right-hand side as well.

Now we can calculate things like the difference between two dates. All we have to do is select those states. We can type them in, or use a little calendar buttons. Let's say from today to next month, later on in the month. The difference in days we click Calculate. It is 57 days. You can also see 1 month, 3 weeks and 6 days. We'll also check out the templates for things like gas mileage, lease and mortgage estimations. Click View, go down to worksheets and you'll see them all here.

So if you are trying to figure out a mortgage, for example, you'd choose Mortgage. What do you want to calculate, your Monthly payment? What's your Down payment needs to be. Let's go with Monthly payment, and we'll just try some values here. Let's say the Purchase price of the house is $350,000 and we got a Down payment of 120,000. And the Term. Let's go for 25 years, and the interest rate we're going to get right now, let's say, is 5.25.

When we click Calculate, we are going to see that our Monthly payment is just over $1378. Nice little feature built into the calculator. So we'll close that up. When we returned to the Calculator, this is the mode we'll be in so whatever you leave in it is and what comes back the next time you launch the calculator, and although the calculator rarely receives a lot of attention in Windows, this time around in Windows 7, the enhancements are too numerous to ignore.

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Windows 7 Essential Training

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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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