Do you ever needed to work with hexadecimal, binary, or octal numbers, degrees or radians, trig functions, logs, or other high-level math operations? If so, you might have spent time scouring the Internet for a good calculator program, and maybe even paid a shareware fee for the privilege of using it — when you might have had the calculator you need all along, on your Windows 2000 Professional system!
A lot of people never touch the Calculator program included with Windows 2000, believing it's limited to just basic math operations. But in addition to its Basic mode, Calculator has a Scientific mode that gives you all the functions mentioned above, plus several others. To switch to Scientific mode, open Calculator and choose View | Scientific. It's not the same as having an expensive calculator that gives you everything including a can opener and screwdriver, but it won't cost you anything extra. To switch back to the "cheap" version, just choose View | Standard. Calculator opens in whichever mode was active during the previous session.
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