How to Access Conversion Modes in Windows 10 Calculator

By Andy Rathbone

When it burst onto the computing scene in the mid-eighties, Windows included a basic calculator with the usual arithmetic functions. With Windows 10, however, the calculator sports many new features that help not only math students, but world travelers.

Specifically, the calculator now includes a wide variety of converters, letting you calculate currency exchange rates, metric values, and a wide variety of other measurements.

To access Calculator’s different conversion modes, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start menu, type Calculator into the Search box, and press Enter.

    If you’re running a tablet in Tablet mode, click the Cortana icon near the Start button to bring the Search box into view.

    Cortana

    The Calculator app appears.

    Calculator app Windows 10
    The Calculator app lets you convert foreign currency rates and metric system equivalents.
  2. Click the Menu icon in Calculator’s upper-left corner.
    A menu drops down, listing all the modes the Calculator app can display.
  3. From the menu’s Converter section, choose what you want to convert.
    Choose Currency, for example, to convert from dollars to Euros.
  4. Enter the amount you want to convert and the currency of your currently visited country.
    To convert $100 into Euros, for example, enter 100 into Calculator’s type pad by clicking (or touching) the calculator buttons. Beneath that, use the drop-down menu to choose Euros, or the type of currency you’d like to convert. Calculator offers a wide variety of currency, from Afghanistan’s Afghani to Yemen’s Rial.

As soon as you choose the type of currency, Calculator looks up the current exchange rate, and lists how far that much money will go in the country you’re visiting.

In another boon for travelers, Calculator converts volume, temperature, and speed measurements. It’s worth a look when traveling in unfamiliar countries or when you’ve finished a trip and need to itemize receipts.