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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Unit Conversion with the Windows 7 Calculator

Besides adding a mortgage calculator, Microsoft has added a number of conversion functions to the new and improved calculator in Windows 7.  You can easily perform conversions between units of power, time, volume, and mass.  Start by opening the Windows 7 Calculator - Start / All Programs / Accessories / Calculator.

Within Calculator select View, then Unit Conversion. Or, press Ctrl + U.  A unit conversion pane appears to the right of the calculator. Underneath "Select the type of unit you want to convert", click the pull-down and select your unit type, then in the From field enter the desired value.  Select what you want it converted to and the converted value will be displayed in the To field.

Windows 7 Calculator Supported Unit Types

Angle
  • Degree
  • Gradian
  • Radian
Area
  • Acres
  • Hectares
  • Square centimeter
  • Square feet
  • Square inch
  • Square kilometer
  • Square meters
  • Square mile
  • Square millimeter
  • Square yard
Energy
  • British Thermal Unit
  • Calorie
  • Electron-volts
  • Foot-pound
  • Joule
  • Kilocalorie
  • Kilojoule
Length
  • Angstrom
  • Centimeters
  • Chain
  • Fathom
  • Feet
  • Hand
  • Inch
  • Kilometers
  • Link
  • Meter
  • Microns
  • Mile
  • Millimeters
  • Nanometers
  • Nautical miles
  • PICA
  • Rods
  • Span
  • Yard
Power
  • BTU/minute
  • Foot-pound/minute
  • Horsepower
  • Kilowatt
  • Watt
Pressure
  • Atmosphere
  • Bar
  • Kilo Pascal
  • Millimeter of mercury
  • Pascal
  • Pound per square inch (PSI)
Temperature
  • Degrees Celsius
  • Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Kelvin
Time
  • Day
  • Hour
  • Microsecond
  • Millisecond
  • Minute
  • Second
  • Week
Velocity
  • Centimeter per second
  • Feet per second
  • Kilometer per hour
  • Knots
  • Mach (at std. atm)
  • Meter per second
  • Miles per hour
Volume
  • Cubic centimeter
  • Cubic feet
  • Cubic inch
  • Cubic meter
  • Cubic yard
  • Fluid ounce (UK)
  • Fluid ounce (US)
  • Gallon (UK)
  • Gallon (US)
  • Liter
  • Pint (UK)
  • Pint (US)
  • Quart (UK)
  • Quart (US)
Weight / Mass
  • Carat
  • Centigram
  • Decigram
  • Dekagram
  • Gram
  • Hectogram
  • Kilogram
  • Long ton
  • Milligram
  • Ounce
  • Pound
  • Short ton
  • Stone
  • Tonne

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