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What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft?

Microsoft launched the October 2018 feature update for Windows 10 on October 2, 2018 but restricted it to manual upgrades to the new version.

Users and administrators who did upgrade to the new version already, read why you may want to wait with that, may have noticed a number of changes that Microsoft implemented.

Those who use the Calculator regularly may have been shocked by the giant size of the Calculator in the new version of Windows 10.

The calculator takes up most of the screen when launched initially. The screenshot below shows it right after launch on a 1920x1080 monitor on a PC running Windows 10 version 1809.

giant calculator windows 10

While the size may work in some situations, when you only open the calculator and nothing else or have a touch device and a small screen, it does not work well in most scenarios.

If you like to display the calculator next to another program, say an Excel spreadsheet, a shopping site, or a Word document, you will realize that this may not work with the default interface size.

Microsoft has not made the same mistake that it made when it released the Windows 8 operating system though. The operating system lacked options to resize application windows when it was launched which meant that you were stuck with a particular window size or even fullscreen apps.

Windows 10 users who dislike the giant size of the Calculator interface can resize it quite easily. Just move the mouse cursor over one of the window edges and use a drag motion to resize it.

If you resize the interface enough, you'll notice that the Memory and History sidebar is hidden from the interface and replaced with an icon that you may activate to display the history.

calculator standard size

The Calculator remembers the new window size, thankfully, so that it is loaded with the new dimensions whenever you start it on the system.

Closing Words

It is unclear why Microsoft made the decision to inflate the screen of the Calculator app in the new version of Windows 10. Other apps have not received the same treatment in the new version of Windows 10.

Now You: What is your take on this?

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What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft?
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What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft?
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Microsoft increased the default size of the Calculator app on Windows 10 version 1809 significantly so that it takes up most of the screen.
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  1. Dave said on October 5, 2018 at 9:31 am
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    I’m more concerned with why it needs internet access.

    1. Foobar said on October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am
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      It can make currency conversion and needs internet to get the exchange rates.

    2. Dan said on October 6, 2018 at 10:58 am
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      It probably uses AI to deliver better result, personalized to you!

    3. Mark said on October 7, 2018 at 3:05 am
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      Don’t know if you recall but you used to be able to use the calculator to access the web on systems that the admins had disabled IE & installation of 3rd party browsers etc.. Heh…used to use it on school computers to view the web. It worked in XP but not sure if that option is still around.

  2. Ron said on October 5, 2018 at 9:36 am
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    Win 10 is really still a huge beta (Win 7 user here)

    1. Weilan said on October 5, 2018 at 10:33 am
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      Word.

    2. Chronius said on October 5, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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      More like alpha.

    3. Shogo said on November 11, 2018 at 8:18 am
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      More like an on-going-development. Windows 7 on other hand is deprecated.

  3. Anonymous said on October 5, 2018 at 10:16 am
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    As someone who never uses the Windows calculator and always struggles to find screen space, I find that massive calculator screenshot hilarious yet charming.

  4. Anonymous said on October 5, 2018 at 10:51 am
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    “The Calculator remembers the new window size”.

    Yes, and “The Windows” remembers everything else.

  5. Anonymous said on October 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm
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    “Those who use the Calculator regularly may have been shocked by the giant size of the Calculator in the new version of Windows 10.”

    From the first time I used Windows 10, I never got that giant Calculator. Maybe yours was broken?

    1. DVDRambo said on October 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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      Martin’s was not broken. Version 1809 opens Calculator in an oversized window. It’s almost like someone quit at the end of the day and never finished setting the correct default interface.

  6. SCBright said on October 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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    This always occurred with each update, at least for me, I always had to adjust the size of the calculator after each feature update.

  7. chesscanoe said on October 5, 2018 at 2:42 pm
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    Calculator looks OK in dark mode, and can be pretty powerful. However for 18 years I have been using http://www.moffsoft.com/freecalc.htm and it still works well for my needs. Around tax time I find its printable tape useful as a visual paper check for typos and a nice old fashioned record that works well for me. I just use Google for conversions and simple math results.

  8. MB said on October 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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    This must be the most useless article ever.

    “Gosh, the calculator is too big ! Let’s resize it !”
    “Now let’s make an article to show the world how evil Micro$oft is !”

    Seriously…

    1. Obama said on October 7, 2018 at 3:07 pm
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      Yea, I agree, that article is pretty pointless…

  9. DVDRambo said on October 5, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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    It’s unlikely that anyone made the decision to have calculator open in an excessively large window. More than likely it’s just another bug left by a coder. No one double checks Windows anymore. We do MS’s QA work for them.

  10. SCBright said on October 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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    This is not new thing, at least for me, in every feature update I have to resize the calculator.

  11. Librarian Scott said on October 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm
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    I use the calculator daily and hate, hate, hate the size. This, despite having Excel readily available.

  12. stefann said on October 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm
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    I use this one, in everything from XP, XP x64 to Windows 7 x64:

    https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Microsoft-Calculator-Plus.shtml#sgal_0

    Sometimes You have to add this to the registry in other Windows versions than XP and XP x64 if it doesn’t work as supposed to (very seldom though) :

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags]
    “{c242f978-a193-4282-9221-3c38ffa4ec65}”=dword:00000004

  13. Rick said on October 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm
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    Winaero has a download for the old Windows 7 and earlier calculator, which I’ve been using on Windows 10 without a problem.

    https://winaero.com/blog/get-calculator-from-windows-8-and-windows-7-in-windows-10/

    Reading this article led me to take a moment to look again at the new calculator app in Win10 (1803). It’s better than I remembered it when I looked at it in 1703, but I notice it doesn’t have a key for natural logarithm. Funny how not having a key for just that one operation renders it useless for me, but it does. A scientific calculator without a natural log function …

    1. chesscanoe said on October 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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      Euler likes Calculator in Windows 10 1809 because if you go to its scientific mode you will see the “ln” and “e^x” keys.

  14. owl said on October 6, 2018 at 4:26 am
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    Bundled applications of Microsoft are all low function, Low quality, Only the garbage items.
    Among other things, the Calculator is just as a “child’s toy”.

    The following refers to specifications up to 1803:
    It’s huge in size, it’s also impossible to customize, only become a disturbing presence.
    Perhaps it may be one that takes into consideration the user circumstances of a very small screen size such as a tablet or a small notebook …
    However, the essential computing function only has “arithmetic operations” and it is inadequate.
    Can not be the calculation results also copy-and-paste.
    It is only in a frustrating existence, it is almost garbage, so I deleted it with Geek Unіnstaller and replaced it with free software “M 電卓 (M – Calc)”.
    https://freesoft-100.com/review/mdentaku.html

    Microsoft’s bundled applications are annoying presence.
    Every one, there are excellent products in free software.

  15. Peterc said on October 6, 2018 at 8:45 am
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    When I need to do a quick-and-dirty calculation and/or conversion, it’s usually when I’m in my browser, so I just use Google search because it’s faster to get to. If I need to do something more elaborate, I tend to use LibreOffice Calc. I’ve only used Windows’ built-in calculator a handful of times in the past 10 or more years, so I don’t really know what it can do anymore.

    But this business about the Windows 10 Calculator loading too big by default reminds me of a little gripe I have. Since at least the Windows XP days, I’ve used a little utility called AutoSizer that you could program to automatically maximize or resize and reposition different classes of windows (or different windows with a given string of text in their titles) *exactly* the way you wanted every time you opened them. It was great while it worked, but for maybe a couple of years, it hasn’t been working very reliably (in Windows 7 SP1 x64). I don’t think it’s been actively developed for a while, so maybe a Windows 7 update broke it at some point. Another XP utility I miss is the feature in TweakUI that allowed you to control focus-stealing, but I guess that’s getting too far off topic…

    1. Warren said on October 7, 2018 at 12:00 am
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      Why open up a browser tab to Google to do simple calculation? Bing’s calculator is available from the Start menu. No browser required. Just hit Start, type “5×4”, and “20” is shown.

      The same technique works for other things: “10 usd in gbp”, “distance from los angeles to boston”, “minneapolis weather”, and so on.

      1. John Fenderson said on October 8, 2018 at 10:37 pm
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        @Warren

        A valid observation, but that doesn’t help those of us who have disabled Cortana and all the other forms of Windows integration with Microsoft’s online services that we can.

        If I type “5×4”, “minneapolis weather”, or any other such search at the start menu, I don’t get an answer. Just as I like it.

  16. tasukun said on October 6, 2018 at 9:10 am
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    Am I the only one who uses their phone instead for a calculator? but I guess the built in one is good for educational / work purposes though.

    1. John Fenderson said on October 9, 2018 at 7:07 pm
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      @tasukun

      I have three different calculator apps on my phone that I use for different things, so you’re not the only one. However, I also use a calculator app for nonspecialized calculations on my desktop because that’s a lot more convenient than pulling my phone out when I’m sitting at my computer.

  17. Dan said on October 6, 2018 at 9:24 am
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    Can’t imagine, folks, so much controversy for “the giant size” of a resizable app like Calculator. And for the urgent need to download a free software when yours has all you need: 4 calculating mods, including scientific, and a universal converter (click on the sandwich tab), and the possibility to copy/paste the results (right click on it).

  18. Anders said on October 6, 2018 at 9:52 am
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    Calc off the market along with latest 1809 fail release. C u soon.

  19. kalmly said on October 6, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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    Everything about Windows 10 is ugly. Why should the calculator be any different?

  20. Matthew Borcherding said on October 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm
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    Since the Windows 10 calculator’s UI is so awful, and now is getting actually worse, I figured out how to replace calc.exe with Moffset FreeCalc. (http://www.moffsoft.com/freecalc.htm – as mentioned by previous posters as well)

    Any calls to calc.exe after this open FreeCalc instead.

    My batch here is easily adjustable to open a different calculator (e.g. Calculator Plus, or whatever), just change the folder\file referenced.

    (You could also use this same technique to replace notepad.exe with Notepad++ or whatever other various replacements you might want.)

    Batch file posted here in Pastebin:
    https://pastebin.com/a8na7k4d

  21. o_O said on October 6, 2018 at 9:07 pm
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    Tablets and notebooks used as touch devices with windows 10 is extremely niche product, maybe it is time to stop this madness and provide actual desktop interface back? (Hello to GNOME as well)

  22. John in Mtl said on October 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    One thing I hate even more than an oversized calculator is the oversized audio mixer panel that has been supplied with the OS since windows 7. Drives me absolutely bonkers. XP had a few 3-rd party mixers or GUI’s that had the ability to shrink the mixer to a very neat and compact size

    Does anyone around here have an alternative to the windows 7 (and 8.1, 10) mixer or a way to shrink the damn thing??

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