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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Using Spotlight as a calculator!

A great tip submitted by Paul Dibben: Using Spotlight as a calculator! Starting with Leopard, it is possible to use Spotlight as a calculator. It is much quicker than loading the dashboard and using the calculator widget.


Blogger [0] said...


May 6, 2008 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This replaced the calculator widget for me, leaving much room for more fun toys on my dashboard

May 6, 2008 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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May 6, 2008 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Ross said...

Cute! Apple knows how to continually surprise it's fans.

May 6, 2008 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

But you can't use komma's

Like 8,5 * 26 sin't possible

or is there a trick ?

Greetz Saul
love your blog btw

May 6, 2008 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Saul, you need to use a period (.), not a comma (,). Periods are how decimals are marked in English-speaking countries.

May 6, 2008 at 3:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I like using Calq, it is a very cute app and has "macish" look.

May 6, 2008 at 4:37 AM  
Blogger Zamil Mattar said...

This is a great feature that also allows exponential calculations. Just type an E to place in the "x10 to the power of"

May 6, 2008 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger Nichole said...

LOVE IT!!!! Thanks!!

May 6, 2008 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger afgentil said...


I believe this is the best tip I ever got from this blog... keep them comming!!

May 6, 2008 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger > said...

and when you press "ENTER" after your calculation, the full calculator pop up right away.!! Great.

May 6, 2008 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Administrator said...

Been doing this for months. Those of you who've had basic programming experience, math class functions apply too. I.E. Square root 81 = sqrt(81); Raise 2 to the power of 3 = pow(2,3). Also type pi for the pi constant to quite a few places.

May 6, 2008 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mentioned this to my long-time Machead son who pointed out that you also get access to dictionary and thesaurus via Spotlight. Love the Mac!

May 6, 2008 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Sweyn said...

I've been using this trick for as long as I've had leopard. I love it and use it about every 20 minutes. Great blog. Thanks.
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May 6, 2008 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Dominic P. Tremblay said...

Great tip... Love it!

May 6, 2008 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Ross said...

Yesterday I said "cute" but, following subsequent comments from others of you, I must apologise (NZ spelling) to Apple. It aint cute, its absolutely brilliant. If you haven't explored the "Calculator" menu bar yet, after pressing [enter] or [return] try [Command-2] and [Command-3].

May 7, 2008 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger padawanMom said...

Can't believe I never looked at the "Calculator" menu bar before - the conversions options are great! Still looking for decimal-to-fractions of feet/inches, though.

May 7, 2008 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Ebrainer1 said...

Indeed! and the dictionary function isn't too bad either!

May 9, 2008 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Joonas said...

Very good tip I think. Thank you.

May 10, 2008 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That's a real tip... Thanks !

May 16, 2008 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Am I the only one? I do not get this when I type a function in Spotlight. I tried 1+1 and got nada.

May 20, 2008 at 2:32 AM  

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