Windows Calculator, Say What?

Posted on 19th February 2009 by Ryan Somma in Geeking Out

Why didn’t somebody tell me the Windows Calculator, found under Start->Accessories, has a “Scientific” mode, found under View->Scientific???

Windows Calculator, Scientific Mode

Windows Calculator, Scientific Mode

This is like waking up one morning and noticing there’s another room in your house that you just didn’t know was there before. This functionality is fairly frakin’ sweet. It’s got Hexadecimal, Octal, and Binary modes, Logarithms and Boolean Algebra functions. All sorts of stuff I’ll have very little use for, except for fun and games, but this could have enhanced some of my previous blog posts, like Why Base-10?

Here I’ve been lamenting the lack of a decent scientific calculator in Windows for years, when it’s been sitting right there in front of me. I can even plug in operations so complex it hangs up the system.

Now what we need is a decent, built-in graphing calculator to really have some fun. In the meantime, I’ll keep playing with Graph Calc, e-tutor’s calculator, and work on rolling my own calculator in PHP.

Note: Making this change did set off McAfee Virus Scan, which “Detected an unauthorized change” to a windows program. I authorized it, but have no clue why changing a view would set off a system change alert.


  1. You didn’t know that? Wow, I thought everyone knew. Also see here for the sweet upgrades to Calc.exe in Windows 7 :

    see here for getting that in vista :

    and see here for some hot abacus action :


    Comment by BMF — February 20, 2009 @ 12:10 am

  2. I love how wordpress makes my posts look like spam.


    Comment by BMF — February 20, 2009 @ 12:11 am

  3. What!? You just found this out? :o

    I’ve been using the scientific view for about as long as I’ve been using windows.

    Comment by chriggy — February 20, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

  4. use Speedcrunch, it is much better

    btw, who still uses windows? :)

    Comment by Sgant — February 22, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

  5. Sgant: Over 90% of the world.

    Comment by ClintJCL — February 22, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

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