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Calculator app in Mac OS X – Features and Tips

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  • Basic
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London Stock Market Summary This view can be opened by (Command + 2) keyboard shortcut and this is the view of Scientific version of the calculator –
calculator scientific view

Programmer view – This view helps in programming calculations. This view displays 64 bits of data, and operations are performed in a specific order, like multiplication is preferred first over addition or subtraction.
This view shows the ASCII or Unicode characters to the displayed value, or rotates the value to right or left side, and makes some extra programming features. It can be opened by (Command +3) keyboard shortcut. This is the view of Programmer version of the calculator –
calculator programmer view

Additional features in the Calculator app –
calculator speech Speech function – You can set your calculator to talk and speak out the calculations that you are making, which might help the fast typers to confirm whether they are doing it rightly, and it can also speak out the final result when the calculations are finished.
You can set the speech by going to the Speech tab in the Options in the Menu bar. And you see 2 options –
– Speak button pressed
– Speak result
You can select any one or both of the options.

calculator rpn modeRPN Mode – Calculator supports Reverse Polish Notation (RPN), which lets you enter complex equations without parentheses. You can open this from View > RPN Mode. Or can open it by (Command + R) keyboard shortcut.

Saved calculations – The calculations you have made are all saved in a sheet, and you can use this to recall everything or also can print out any complicated calculations made. This is called the “Paper Tape” and it shows all the recent calculations performed. You can open it through Window > Show Paper Tape, or by (Windows + T) keyboard shortcut.

calculator paper tape

You can either save the tape, or print it directly.
Go to File > Print Tape = This will help you setup the print page and print the tape.
Go to File > Save Tape as = This would ask you where to save the tape, and go to the next step.
* The paper tape can be seen only for the Basic and Scientific calculators, but not the Programmers calculator view.

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  1. FCline says:

    I’ve been on a mac for years and never knew that the basic calculator had additional functions. Thanks!

  2. Patty says:

    My calculator on my Mac will not open. HELP!

  3. hynoki says:

    thanks so much! v good overview, especiall the short commands are useful!

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