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Performing Calculations and Conversions

Mac OS X comes with a great tool to help you perform common calculations and to do complex conversions. The Calculator application has been around for a long time, however, Mac OS X gave it a few powerful features, that just might make you want to reacquaint yourself with an old friend. If you’re like most people, you probably have a dozen calculators laying about your home and office. If you’re tired of all the mess, then take a look at the Mac’s idea of a calculator. Not only does it help you add 2 + 2; it helps you convert miles into kilometers or the Euro dollar into American currency. The Calculator application gives you the ability to perform conversions on everything from currency to volume, from temperature to speed, and more.

Work with the Calculator

  • green1.jpg Click the Applications folder in the Dock, and then click the Calculator icon.
  • green2.jpg Click the buttons on the calculator to perform standard calculations.
  • green3.jpg Click the Window menu, and then click Show Paper Tape to display a Paper Tape dialog, which shows all of your calculations.
  • green4.jpg Click Clear to clear the tape, or click Recalculate Totals to have the calculator refigure the total.
  • green5.jpg Click the File menu, and then click Print Tape to have a paper copy of your calculations.
  • green6.jpg Click the View menu, and then click Scientific to have access to a scientific calculator.
  • green7.jpg Quit Calculator.

Work with Conversions

  • green1.jpg Click the Applications folder in the Dock, and then click the Calculator icon.
  • green2.jpg Enter a value into the calculation window.
  • green3.jpg Click the Convert menu, and then click Currency.
  • green4.jpg Click the Convert pop-up, and then click Currency. If you need to change the convert type, click the Convert pop-up and make your change.
  • green5.jpg Click the From and To pop-ups to select currency countries.
  • green6.jpg If available, click Update Currency Rates to access the latest exchange rate (requires an Internet connection).
  • green7.jpg Click OK.

    The conversion results display in the calculation window.

  • green8.jpg Quit Calculator.
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