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Chapter 5. Using Mac OS X Applications > Performing Calculations and Conversion...

Performing Calculations and Conversions

Panther 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, Panther gave it a new interface, and 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 Panther'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

Open the Applications folder, and then double-click the Calculator icon.

Click the buttons on the calculator to perform standard calculations.

Click the View menu, and then click Show Paper Tape, to display a Paper Tape dialog, which shows all of your calculations.

Click Clear to clear the tape, or click Recalculate Totals to have the calculator refigure the total.

Click the File menu, and then click Print Tape to have a paper copy of your calculations.

Click the View menu, and then click Advanced to have access to a scientific calculator.

Quit Calculator.


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