The Calculator app on Windows 10 has been updated in recent years with new features, including an option to pin the app to the top of the desktop. A new feature introduced in the May 2004 update adds a neat graphics mode to the application that can map equations and functions in the same way.
If you installed the May 2004 update, you probably already have it. Otherwise, the app may need to be updated from the Microsoft Store.
Graph mode in calculator
To access the graphics mode in the calculator;
- Open the Calculator application.
- Click it hamburger button (three lines) at the top left.
- From the panel that opens, select Graphical Representation.
Using graphics mode
To use the graphics mode after activating it;
- Click and drag the corner of the Calculator app to make the window wider and you can see the input panel.
- Click inside the “Enter a function” field and enter a function or an equation to map.
- For variables, you have the possibility of enter values where the equation allows you for example (a + b) ^ 2 = a ^ 2 + 2ab + b ^ 2.
- the graph will be drawn automatically. You can zoom in and out.
- AT share the chart, click the share button on it, and you can share it as PNG via the Mail app.
Equation Analysis Tool
The Graphics tab doesn’t just map an equation or a function. It also has an analysis tool although it may not be available for all types of equations. To use the scan tool.
- Add an equation to the graph in the Calculator tool.
- Click on the equation that you mapped, and click on the little lightning bolt icon next to that.
- You will see a detailed analysis of the equation you entered.
You can customize the color of the line used to graph an equation. Select the equation in the right panel and click on the colors icon. Select one of the predefined colors for the line.
To change the line thickness of the graph, click the adjust icon on the graph (there is a line graph with a cogwheel on it), select the thickness and enter the minimum and maximum limits for the axis X and Y axis.
Microsoft has made the graphs plotted in the calculator sharable. It might not be the most advanced graphing tool, and it certainly won’t replace a more powerful statistical analysis app, but for basic graphs, having an easy way to map and share them under form of images is awesome.