Get the classic Windows 7 and 8 Calculator in Windows 10


Calculator app Windows 7/8

If you miss the classic Calculator from Windows 7/8 and want to have the same Calculator in Windows 10, here's how.

The Calculator in Windows 7/8 is more compact and easier to use with a keyboard and mouse than the current Windows 10 Modern Calculator app. If you miss the Calculator from Windows 7/8 and are using Windows 10, you're in luck. This small app can bring the same Calculator to Windows 10 that Windows 7 and 8 use.

The Old Calculator for Windows 10 from Winaero " the genuine classic Calculator app extracted from Windows 8.1, with full localization support. It will be always in your OS language. It supports both Windows 10 x86 and Windows 10 x64". It's a small (941 KB) file and  is free of malware according to VirusTotal. Directions and download are here:

Get Calculator from Windows 8 and Windows 7 in Windows 10

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I still use a calculator program that doesn't include brackets because it works in RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) in the same way that early Hewlett Packard hand-held calculators worked, back in the 1970s. If you got used to using RPN (not everyone did), it was much more consistent than other manufacturer's systems with brackets.

A calculator without brackets ( ) is not very useful imho
Apart from functionality, the key feature of a calculator for me, is large buttons, to prevent eyestrain
No point having a calculator with buttons so small you strain your vision everytime you use it !

During my search for a simple free Windows calculator over many years, I was surprised just how many poorly designed calculators there are
And surprised how few good free calculators there are

My recommendation first appeared in 2014 in TechSupportAlert, in the "Best Free Calculator" section
My preference is 'eCalc', which has two Windows versions, a basic calculator, and also a scientific calculator
Both versions are simple to use, with a good layout, and each can do more than just add, subtract, multiply and divide
Google: eeweb .com tools download

In 2014, I recommended both ECalc and Moffsoft FreeCalc (Google: moffsoft .com freecalc)

Both recommendations were free Windows calculators with noncluttered interfaces, and just as important: clear, LARGE BUTTONS, to protect your vision
As with all my recommendations over many years on TechSupportAlert, I have no affiliation to the recommended freeware

Moffsoft is a popular option. :)

The Windows 7/8 Calculator does have brackets, but not in the basic mode. Go to VIEW and select Programmer (or Alt+3) or Scientific (Alt+2) and you get a more advanced Calculator that have Brackets.

Great tip, thanks!