Microsoft has replaced most of its legacy apps with modern apps in Windows 10. This includes the calculator app. Sometimes the calculator app goes missing or is mistakenly uninstalled from Windows 10.
In this article, we will discuss how to fix Windows 10 calculator missing or how to install it again from Microsoft Store.
Table of contents
- How to install Calculator from Microsoft Store in Windows 10
- How to assign shortcut keys to Calculator in Windows
- What Windows Calculator has to offer
- Troubleshooting the Windows Calculator
- Reinstalling Windows Calculator using PowerShell
- Closing words
How to install Calculator from Microsoft Store in Windows 10
If your computer does not have a calculator or has accidentally been deleted, here is how you can download and install the application from the Microsoft store. Note that you must be signed in to your profile using a Microsoft account.
Simply download Windows Calculator from the link below:
Or else, you can download and install it from the Microsoft Store in Windows 10:
- Start Microsoft Store from the Start Menu. Or go to Run –> ms-windows-store:
- In the top search bar, search for Windows Calculator.
- Under Apps, click on the first icon, such as the one shown below:
- Now click on Get to download and install the application.
After the app is installed, it can be accessed from the Start Menu by searching for calculator. Or you can also go to Run –> calc. This will also open the same calculator app.
How to assign shortcut keys to Calculator in Windows
Using shortcut keys to perform simple tasks has always been our favorite in Windows 10. However, by default, there are no shortcut keys assigned to the calculator. This can be changed by performing the following:
- Right-click on the blank space on Desktop, expand New, and then click on Shortcut.
- In the Create Shortcut window, enter the following path under Type the location of the item, or simply click Browse and then navigate to the Windows Calculator app.
Click Next when done.
- On the next screen, enter the name for the shortcut.
- Right-click on the shortcut that was just created and select Properties from the Context Menu.
- Now click on the text field in front of the Shortcut Key under the Shortcut tab, and then press the shortcut keys which you wish to set. We have set Ctrl + Shift + C in the example below:
- Now click on Apply and Ok.
Now you can access the Windows Calculator simply by pressing the shortcut keys from anywhere within the Windows.
What Windows Calculator has to offer
Unlike our physical calculators, the Windows Calculator consists of various other features that can be used for the user’s convenience. Let us see what some of these handy features are.
Upon launching the application, you will see a window such as the one shown below.
Apart from the basic calculations which can be performed from the keypad, the top bar consists of various features.
You can check the old calculations performed by clicking the clock-like icon on the top-right, or click on the middle button to keep the calculator always on top of other applications. The Standard indicates that the calculator is currently in Standard mode, which can be changed by clicking on the three bars left of it.
Upon clicking the three bars, you are presented with a list of options to choose from. The calculator can be converted into the Scientific mode for more complex calculations, or into Graphical mode to plot graphs from equations. The Programmer mode can be used to convert values between decimals, hexadecimal, octanes, or binary.
Going further down the menu, the calculator also offers a range of different converts for instant results.
These features indicate that this application can be extremely useful even when performing daily regular tasks.
Troubleshooting the Windows Calculator
If you are experiencing problems with your Calculator app, you can choose any or all of the following solutions to bring it back to life.
Check for updates
The first approach should be to check for any pending updates, both in Windows Updates as well as the Microsoft Store. Any pending updates can cause an application to malfunction.
- Navigate to Start Menu -> Settings (Gear) Icon -> Update & Security
- Click on Check for updates and install any pending updates.
- Now navigate to the Microsoft store and click on the Pending updates button on the top-right corner. If you do not see this button, it means your applications are already up to date.
- Now click on Update all to begin updates for all Microsoft applications on your computer.
Once all the applications have been updated, including Windows Calculator, relaunch the application and check if the error is resolved.
Running the System File Checker
Often Windows files are corrupted or accidentally deleted, which causes some of the apps to malfunction. A quick command can be used to rebuild those files and run the applications smoothly.
Open the Command Prompt by typing in cmd in Run.
Enter the following command:
The command will take a while to execute completely. When done, recheck if the Windows Calculator is functional now.
Running the Windows Troubleshooter
Windows Troubleshooter is a built-in utility in Windows 10 that can be used to resolve day-to-day errors experienced within the operating system. Lets see how this utility can be used to troubleshooter the Calculator.
Navigate to the following:
Start Menu -> Settings (Gear) Icon -> Update & Security -> Troubleshoot -> Additional Troubleshooters
Now scroll to the bottom of the screen, click on Windows Store apps, and then Run the troubleshooter.
A new wizard will launch to automatically detect the problems of any Windows applications. Go through with the wizard and perform any necessary actions recommended by it. When completed, recheck the application for any errors.
Resetting the application
You can also try to reset the Windows Calculator application in order to restore its standard functionality. Note that this will erase all history within the application, and reset any changes made.
- Navigate to the following:
Start Menu -> Settings (Gear) Icon -> Apps
- In the right pane, click on Calculator, and then Advanced options.
- Then scroll down and click on Reset. If confirmation is required, click on Reset again.
The application has now been reset and should be fully functional. If the error still persists, resort to the option down below.
Reinstalling Windows Calculator using PowerShell
If you find that the Windows Calculator is still not free of errors, or is malfunctioning, you can always get rid of it and reinstall the application.
Although it is possible to remove the application from the settings, it is better to use PowerShell as it removes all the related packages from the installation directory, making room for a fresh installation.
- Run PowerShell in Administrative mode.
- Enter the following command:
This command will display a long list of applications and their details.
- Right-click on the title bar, expand Edit, and then click on Find.
- Now search for Microsoft.WindowsCalculator in the Name title, and note the name in front of PackageFullName by selecting it and then right-clicking on it to copy.
In this example, the Package Full Name is Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_10.2007.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
- Now enter the following command in PowerShell and replace PackageFullName with the name you have copied from the PowerShell.
- Now that the application has been uninstalled from your computer, you can now install it by going to the Microsoft Store and following the method stated earlier in the article.
The Windows Calculator is a handy tool when it comes to solving complex mathematical equations and conversions. Rather than switching between devices for calculations, Microsoft offers a list of features within its application. Windows Calculator can also be added to hotkeys for quick access from anywhere within Windows. If the application is missing or malfunctioning on your device, this article offers various fixes on different levels for you to troubleshoot.
How often do you use the calculator on your computer?