The software can be customized to operate as both a calculator and a
currency converter. As such, different functionality levels may apply to the
version you are using (e.g. SkinCalc, WorldCalc or Euro Calculator).
Additionally, skins can be applied to further change the appearance and
functionality of the software. This means that some functions may not be available using some skins, or they may be
available only using keyboard shortcuts.
Context help is always available during use of the calculator by pressing F1, or by
clicking the Help button, and then the item for which you need instructions.
The Application Menu
The Application menu, also referred to as display menu to differentiate
it from the currency menu (which lists all currencies), appears when you
click the Menu button on the calculator. If the calculator does not have a
Menu button, the Application menu can be opened by clicking the display (the area where the digits are displayed)
with the left mouse button.
You may want to consider enabling the Round, Format and
Top options. The Round and Format settings affect the way results are displayed, and the
results of the Copy and Convert Clipboard commands.
With most skins, keyboard shortcuts are available to quickly access
certain functions without having to go through the Application menu. For
example, F4 opens the Options dialog and F5 directly opens the Skins tab.
You may want to get familiar with the installation directory of the program,
which is where additional skins can be installed. In the
English version of Windows this is usually inside "C:\Program Files\Cloanto\Calculator".
drag-and-drop the program file (the file ending with ".exe") using the right mouse button to create links (for example
on the Desktop, on the Start menu or on the Quick Launch toolbar) or copies
You can also
copy the program directory to a floppy disk or other medium, and use it from there, without installation.
Several Control Panel options affect the software. For example, in the
Display Properties, the Smooth edges of screen fonts setting (under
Appearance/Effects, or in Effects, or in the Plus! section, depending on the version of Windows) considerably improves the quality of the
In the Regional Options, the Currency settings determine the formatting
of currency amounts in the display, if the Format option of the calculator is enabled.
With some versions of Windows, selecting a different locale in the
Regional Options affects the language used for the user interface of the
Beyond the ability to create appealing visual effects, translucency can
be combined with the Always on Top option to see the results while working
on a document in the same screen area.
Some skins are especially designed for this purpose, making most of the
calculator surface (except for the display) almost completely transparent
when not in use. You can also press CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
or CTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROW to respectively make the skin more or less
translucent. This works with all skins, even if they don't explicitly
feature translucency effects.
Translucency is supported on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server
2003, and higher.
Working with Currencies
If you are interested in the currency conversion functions of the software
(if available, e.g. in WorldCalc and in Euro Calculator), we
recommend to spend a few minutes to configure certain settings. Here is a quick and
essential step-by-step guide:
- If you are connected to the internet, select Update Now (from the
Application menu, or using the Update Now button on the skin, if present). The
currency selection symbol will flash to indicate that the software is connecting to the internet.
- If the connection succeeded, the currency menu will now contain a long list of
currencies. If not, you probably need to configure the internet or LAN access options, or
otherwise please refer to the troubleshooting section on the software
- From the Application menu, select Options, and go to the Currencies tab. If there are
currencies that you are not interested in, select them and click Remove (you can always
automatically restore the list at a later time).
- In the Data Source tab, select
Only update existing currencies if you don't wish new
currencies to be automatically added to the list of currencies. If you don't select this
option, the currencies that you have removed will be added again at the next update.
- Consider whether you would like to enable the Auto-update function, which causes the
software to automatically connect to the internet from time to time. The alternative is to
update the exchange rates manually as necessary (selecting Update Now).
- If you don't have a permanent internet connection, you must either establish the
connection manually when the software needs to access the network, or you can
configure the Connection options appropriately. These settings are very similar to your
system's Internet Options, which you may want to use as a reference.
If you enabled the Auto-update function, consider that you don't need to keep the
software running all the time in order to always have up-to-date data. The program
automatically checks if an update is required when you launch it, and usually completes
the update while you are still typing the first digits.
WorldCalc and Euro Calculator
If you need more specific information about technical, administrative or
troubleshooting issues for WorldCalc and Euro Calculator, please refer to the
respective software homepages, which include dedicated FAQ (frequently
asked questions) and Troubleshooting sections: