How to Convert Currency in Windows Vista

By Nancy C. Muir

The Windows Vista Currency Conversion gadget makes converting currency a breeze. After you add the Currency Conversion gadget to your Windows Vista Sidebar, you can easily access and convert your dollars to euro, yen, pounds, and many other foreign currencies.

  1. Add the Currency Conversion gadget to the Sidebar.

    Adding the Currency Conversion gadget to your Sidebar allows you to access it quickly. Just click the Gadgets symbol (the plus sign) at the top of the Sidebar to open the Gadget Gallery. Then click and drag the Currency Conversion gadget to the Sidebar.

    If you detach the Currency Converter from the Sidebar an Add tool appears. Click this to select another currency to display. With this feature you can compare multiple currencies at the same time.

  2. Connect to the Internet.

    Connecting to the Internet allows you to access the latest currency rates.

Then you can do any of the following:

  • Enter the number of dollars; the number of equivalent euro is displayed.

  • Click the arrow to the right of either the dollars or the euro and choose another currency to convert from or to.

  • View the online source for the latest currency conversion rates by clicking and dragging the Currency gadget to the desktop and click the Data Providers link. The MSN Money page opens. Click the Banking tab and then click the Currency Exchange Rates link to view current rates.