How to Add a Calculator to Microsoft Word

Here’s a trick that many people don’t know about. When you’re writing a document in Microsoft Word, you might need to do a few quick calculations. Sure, you could open a separate calculator app, but wouldn’t be easier if you could just get a quick answer right within the Word document that you’re working on? Well, by adding a calculator to Microsoft Word, it’s possible.

To use the Calculate command, we need to add it to the Quick Access Toolbar. To do this, click the down arrow button on the right side of the Quick Access Toolbar and select “More Commands” from the drop-down menu.

Select “All Commands” from the “Choose commands from” drop-down list.

In the list of commands on the left, scroll down to the “Calculate” command, select it, and then click “Add”.

The Calculate command is added to the list on the right. Click “OK” to accept the change

Now you can type in and then select a simple equation (do not select the equals sign) in your Word document and click the “Formula” button. For some reason, the button is not called Calculate.

NOTE: If you use spaces in your equation, like we do in our example below, Word may turn your hyphens into dashes, which won’t work. See our note at the bottom of this article for a fix. (If you don’t use spaces in your equation, this won’t be a problem.)

The result is displayed on the left side of the status bar at the bottom of the Word window.

The Calculate command will not insert the answer into your document. You must do that manually, if that’s what you want to do.

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