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The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Google Calculator!

This is not specifically a Mac tip, it works with every device that can browse google.com, but it is so useful in replacing the built-in calculator widget. The built-in calculator widget is slow and not convenient, especially when the dashboard developer mode is not enabled. It is much simpler to use Google. You just have to enter the equation in the Google search bar and the result will appear instantly.

Don't forget to update your bookmarks, download the new widget and check out the new website at http://www.tips4mac.info/ Tips will soon only be posted on the new website.

4 Comments:

Blogger Vox Populi said...

don't forget the easiest route for anything from simple arithmetic to logs and exponents and other crazy stuff...SPOTLIGHT!

that's right, in leopard, mac os x's spotlight CAN do calculations! try it yourself: do the cmd+space and then type 10+10 and watch the magic..

December 6, 2008 at 4:22 AM  
Blogger Terry Howard said...

Agree with Vox, I use spotlight's calculator tool every day, so fast and convenient. Additionally, the standalone Calculator app has a permanent place in my dock. It loads fast and has better features than the dashboard widget. You can copy and paste numbers, has 3 modes including scientific and a paper tape feature which is extremely handy.

December 6, 2008 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger dmcurrie60+7 said...

I HAVE A NEW MACBOOK USING LEOPARD. RE. THE CALCULATOR, WHICH KEYBOARD BUTTON IS USED FOR A DIVISION SIGN?

December 7, 2008 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

You can also use real language in the Google calculator too. Just type in something like "What is 25 percent of 100?" or "How many ounces are in 5 cups?"

@dmcurrie60+7 ... use the / sign.

December 27, 2008 at 12:53 AM  

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