list of commands for spotlight calculator

Discussion in 'macOS' started by theman, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. theman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2007
    the spotlight calculator is a great idea, but so far, it seems to only be able to do the 4 basic functions +-/* as well as using parentheses (eg (4/5)+(2*7))

    am i missing something, or can it do more? i tried to use ^ to do exponents, but that doesn't work. also trigonometric functions don't work... sin cos tan

    i really just need exponents and trig. oh, and maybe log and e^ ??

    is there a list of commands for it somewhere, or is it just meant to be a basic 4 function calculator?

    and in that case, is there any way i can get a more functional calc that i can type into instead of clicking buttons?
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    This came up when Leopard was first out in a discussion I was involved in, the answer
    For example these were all taken directly from there and put into spotlight, worked a charm.


    BTW You can type in
  3. theman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2007
    oh, haha, i didn't realize you could type... i am used to CRAP windows calc. haha thanks.
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Really?! I'll try that when I get home!

    I remember years ago I needed to do some basic work with matrices and I was too cheap to buy Matlab, and too honest to pirate it... So I sat down with a compiler and created "Matcalc", a simple knock-off which had just enough functionality to get my work done.

    Here's hoping that the next OS X comes with something similar :) ... though I suppose you could just fire up Python and start typing...

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