Things about the Windows 7 calculator you probably didn't know.
I love Windows 7's calculator. In fact, there is even a calculator key on my keyboard for quick access. Nevertheless, I discovered only today that there are more features in this nifty little program than in previous Windows versions. If you explore the program a bit, you'll easily discover these things as well. Microsoft seems to be very sympathetic to people preparing to get a mortgage and those on the go, judging by the new features it has added to Windows 7's Calculator app. After a short time, you begin to appreciate the calculator more than you did before you knew about its extensions.
Go ahead and click on the "View" menu in the Windows 7 calculator, and then click on "Date Calculation". The calculator window expands to show you an interface where you can enter two pieces of data. Once you enter it, your computer will calculate how much time has passed between dates in two forms. The first form shows you how many years, months, weeks and days have passed since then. The second form shows you how many days have passed in total. You'll be surprised how useful this tool is, especially if you want to know how long you've been with someone.
Under the "View" menu you can also find "Unit Conversion" – a function that lets you convert between all sorts of different units. I honestly don't use this very often because I usually type "130 mph in km/h" into a Google search and get a straight answer. You might find it useful though, considering everything is on your computer even when you're offline. The Windows 7 calculator's unit conversion dialog has almost every unit you can think of, except the highly scientific ones. It includes things like joules, watts, BTUs/minute, Fahrenheit, Celsius, whatever! Try it out and come back after a few hours to read the rest of the goodies you get.
Calculate mortgage and vehicle leases
What better way to find out how badly a bank is trying to screw you than to have a mortgage calculator handy on your desktop? Thanks to Microsoft (and maybe this article), it might be a little harder for banks to lure people into making unreasonably high payments. You can find the mortgage calculator and all the functions below it in the "Worksheets" submenu of the "View" menu.
Well, here's a trick I'm sure you know, but I'd like to show you anyway. Select "Monthly Payment" at the top of the dropdown list. Under "Purchase Price", enter the value of the house you want to buy and fill in the rest of the required information.
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The result is your monthly payment for x years. OK, now I want you to enter the value of the monthly payment on the other side of the window (the "classic calculator" side). Multiply the value by 12 and then multiply it again by the number of years the mortgage will be for.
Yes! This is the amount you will end up paying for the house. It is never a nice number. After that, take a deep breath and add the amount you put down as a deposit to it.
There is also a similar "worksheet" for vehicle leasing.
If you're a frequent traveler, Windows 7 has also added some nifty fuel economy calculations that let you enter how many miles / kilometers you've traveled and how many gallons or liters of gas you've used. You can find out how much gas you spent on a trip, your vehicle's fuel economy or the distance you traveled. My tip: If you really want to save money, go to a small store nearby.
Before we say goodbye…
I really hope you discovered something new today (I certainly did) and find these functions useful. Leave a comment below and tell us all about your experience playing with/using the features!